Week 22 of 2017 52 Week Project

Week 22 of 52, 2017: Baby Hummingbird still in nest and ready to fledge.

if you look close you can actually see the second baby in the nest.  The way the creek runs and the position of the leaves, I was only able to get a photograph of the nearest bird.

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Kent

Week 19 of 2017 52 Week Project

Week 19 of 52, 2017:  Hummingbird on Nest

A lifer!  I had never seen one before and always wanted too.  Most people never get to see one in the wild.  I was super excited when a fellow photographer found one and provided the general area.  The nest is located on private property and I was sworn not to share.

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Jarrett-ise Ranch Hummingbirds

Last year in Illinois I planted several hundred dollars of hummingbird plants.  Towards the end of summer finally had a couple skittish females, but nothing worth photographing.  The hummingbird season is longer in Texas and I knew I wouldn’t have time with my Eagles, so I have started working on a hummingbird garden down here.  Right now I have a decent sized Trumpet vine blooming.  Put up a three feeders and have been able to attract one set of Ruby-throated and one Black-chinned male with at least two females.

Photos are not great as it has been over 100 for 14 straight days and they are feeding first thing in the morning.  As soon as decent light for photography, they are gone.

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Juvenile Ruby Throated male.  His colors are starting to come in. They live 8 to 10 years and come back to the same feeders year after year.  I am hoping I can hook this guy and his harem into returning next spring.PBKJ1972-FrameShop

My red Hummingbird fountain.  I bought it 2 summers ago and never put it out due to not having enough local birds.  Sharon saw one drink, but neither of us have seen them bathe and play.

No where close the quality of photos I am looking for, but these are special because they were taken from my patio in my yard!  More hummingbirds can b e found in my gallery.

Stick around and see if they bring the babies out in a couple weeks.  As temps up north drop, the hummingbird activity should pick up.

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36 of 52: 2014 – Hummingbird banding.

Week 36 of 52: Male ruby throated hummingbird

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Decided to combine the photo of the week and a blog write up together.

Went down to Sugar Grove Nature Center last Saturday 8/30/2014 for the Hummingbird Festival.  I was on the first tractor pulled the wagon / trolley.  When it stopped 5 little girls all went shooting by me to a table.  By the time I figure out what was going on, they were lining up to adopt a hummingbird.  I was tenth in line.  They only caught 9, so I didn’t get to hold and release one, but Audry and I both got to feel a hummingbird’s heartbeat.

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About a week before they take down all their feeders all over their grounds, except for 3 down at the blacksmith’s shop.  Then the day of the banding, they put the feeders into the 3 remote controlled traps.  They use a remote control to shut the door once a hummingbird lands on the feeder.  They then hand catch them put them in little silk bags and carry them into the shelter.  They measure the length of the birds bill, and wings, and then put a small number band on their leg.PBKJ2553-FrameShop

An eighty year old lady was third in line to hold one.  The bird sat in her hand for almost 3 minutes.  You should have seen her smile.

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Poor little Audry only got to hold a hummingbird feather.

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