There are lots of changes on the web site. March Competion photos are posted. The Gallery has more humming bird photos and the Portfolio has Birds of Prey from the Sonoran Desert Museum. If you are not a subscriber, please add your email on the right hand side. Hope that you enjoy these as much as I enjoy taking and processing the photos.
Feb 6- March 12
Here is something truly amazing!! This happened 10 feet from the front door and is the second year in a row! This is an Ann’s Hummingbird, the male has a bright red/pink beard if seen in sunlight and the female is an iridescent green and gray.
The nest is 1 1/2 inches wide (3.5 cm) by 2 inches deep (5 cm). The eggs (1/2 the size of an M&M) were first noticed on Feb 6. The babies born around Feb 26, Sunday. Both blurry iPhone photos, (I could not see what I was doing). A week later, I started taking photos of mom feeding babies on March 6, Sunday. The last photo was taken, March 12, Sunday. as Monday, Mar. 13 the first bird was gone and the second disappeared from the nest on Tuesday, Mar 14.
They grew incredibly fast in 8 days time, starting with spikey feathers to full feathers. I saw the mama feeding one of the babies in the small tree nearby. I was able to set up the DSLR Nikon D 750 with a 70-300 mm lens 4-5 ft away. Through wifi and an app, I took the photos by pressing the button on my iPhone. I sat and watched out the front door or office window for usually 2-3 hrs or more per day for probably 1000 photos down to 275 right now. The mama comes to feed every 30-45 min and stays about 1-2 min. She is very careful to feed both chicks equally. What a fantastic front row seat to one of natures best!