Backyard Hummingbirds

I have been growing my hummingbird garden for 5 seasons now.  This year it is really producing.  Had at least 10 – 12 adults birds all summer since March.  Now there are also Northern birds migrating through and it is crazy busy out there.  I had not been shooting much, but way too much action to sit this out.

Trumpet Vine

Firecracker or Cigar Plant

Coral Honeysuckle

I still don’t have a full-frame keeper of a male in a flower.  Here are some males displaying their gorget.  Here is an adult and a juvenile displaying.

And just for fun a bonus Bumble Bee in the Desert Willow.

I have invited a couple local photographers over tomorrow morning, so should be some more hummingbird photos to follow.

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Kent 

White Rock Lake Barred Owlets

The kids are growing up and climbed out of the nest today.  It was fun getting to watch and document these two. Mom always watching over them. Synchronized nose pickingI am guessing these two will be gone after this weekend.

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White Rock Barred Owlets

Last month while photographing the Great Horned Owls at White Rock Lake I found a female barred owl sitting in a hole more than likely sitting on eggs.

Tonight after work, I was able to talk Miss Sharon into going back to check on the babies, since I have heard they had hatched and were starting to be visible.

One Owlet Two Owlets, I’m hoping there might be a third.Momma Owl sitting in tree next to the hole in heavy shaded cover.

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Barred Owls at Firewheel

I am a member of Firewheel Golf Club.  While playing number 9 on the Traditions 2 years ago the fire engines across the street took off with their sirens basting.  Within seconds I heard a pair of barred owls start calling and answering the sirens.  I have found them several times since then but could never find their nest hole.  That all changed this spring when I was in the left rough / trees when I found this set of eyes watching me.  I went right back with my DSRL and was able to capture this image.Wow what a classic Owl hole.  I was all set, my very own Owl hole.  Another photographer shared his Great Horned Owls with me, so what the heck I shared this location with him.

I tired really hard to leave the nest alone as I had been coached by my owl mentor to never call females off their eggs. She was super jumpy as soon as I would roll up to the nest with my camera gear she would exit and fly away.  Keep in mind these were taking with a 700mm lens from maybe 75 yards away.

Then I had to travel back to Illinois for a week.  The other photographer went to check on the hole and walked up on this and texted me this photo.  How SAD!Not my photo!  Tree RAT!  Cycle of life, eat or be eaten.

I believe her to be a young mom and not very experienced. I am guessing the male was not helping her or guarding her and the nest like more males do.

Snippet from the web: Nests And Eggs How Many Eggs Do Barred Owls Lay? Barred Owls lay between 1–5 eggs, usually 2–3. They have one brood per year, but if an early clutch is lost, they may lay a second or even third clutch.

So I am hoping she has laid more, but I have not seen the pair while golfing but have heard them twice so I know they are still around.

Babies should be hatching in the next week to ten days, so I’ll try to go check on them next weekend with the camera.

Sad mom.

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Screech Owls

I found an Eastern Screech Owl in the normal Gray coloring this spring. (Dallas County Texas)He is a great male and watching his nest from across the way.  I have yet to see the female.

I found this Red Morph coloration of the Eastern Screech owls a few years ago in the Great Smokey Mountains!  I saw another owl in this same hole this past fall (Oct 2018) but it was too dark to even try a photo!Enjoy the photos and what you read? Subscribe to be notified of future posts via email by either clicking the Follow button at the bottom or the Subscribe section on the right.

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Kent