Friday, June 29, 2012

Birds of Summer

It is time that some of the birds of summer get a post of their own.
Yes,the activity at the feeders is less because the birds are so busy raising their young,but there are still some real treasures to be found.

I have seen posts by other bloggers who showed a Dickcissel and I wished I would have a chance to photograph one.
Well that happened just two days ago.Someone had seen a Dickcissel and emailed me the exact directions to the spot.
I found the intersection he had mentioned and almost immediately saw this bird.
I was very excited and happy to have this moment.
This is only the second time I have ever seen one of these birds.
The new camera did a great job of capturing this bird.


I spent a day at A Rocha recently and one of the things I really wanted to do was photograph Hummingbirds.I was not disappointed with the action and fired many shots.When I put the pictures on the computer,I was pleasantly surprised to see a bird with a band.The past two years I have attended a Hummingbird banding event at A Rocha and this might very well be one of the birds banded during that time.Oh yes,I was also happy to get several decent shots of a male Hummingbird,something which had eluded me for the most part.


There were also females around.This one was more concerned about looking good than about feeding.She sat on that branch for some time getting all the feathers in just the right position.


A pair of Purple Finches were visiting the feeder quite regularly.Here the male perched for a few minutes,allowing me to gat at least one picture.


Last Sunday at Ft.Whyte in Winnipeg,I came upon this Yellow Warbler.
This is another bird which I have not been able to get decent shots of until now.
I was quite happy with this one.

I wished I had already had my new camera for the Hummingbird shots,but I guess now I have a reason to go back there again.


Thought for today:
Oh God,who made the summer
and warmed the earth with beauty,
Warm our hearts with gratitude
and devotion to our duty.

40 comments:

Cloudia said...

Lovely crisp shots!


Have a GREAT Weekend!

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Susan said...

Great shots Ruth...camera takes great pictures...oh so does the photographer...

Karin said...

You have amazing eyes to see all these birds and then capture them on your camera! I go outside in our beautiful courtyard, hear the birds - probably all sparrows, lol - but I don't see them in the trees - only when they flit about. I go sit on the balcony to enjoy the quiet and listen to their song! Your Dickcissel looks like he's singing his best praises to his Creator! I've never heard of that bird before. Learned something new! Awesome photos Ruth!

Diane said...

Very exciting to see a bird you've been looking for for sometime. Cute little hummingbirds. Diane

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Great post, Ruth... I have been working on a bird blog --which I will publish soon.

Love your Dickcissel.... I've never seen one. Beautiful little bird.

Bet you are really enjoying the new camera... Jake is smiling down on you!!!!

Have a nice weekend. VERY hot here...
Hugs,
Betsy

Hilary said...

Fabulous photos, Ruth. I love the yellow warbler .. so pretty and what a fine snap of the hummer, who I see has made it to your header. Great stuff!

warriormom said...

Beautiful shots, Ruth!! I think the hummingbird shots are something, can't imagine how they'd look with the new camera.

Patricia said...

Fabulous photos, as always. The hummingbird has always eluded me, as well. A nice capture still does, but I did capture one from a distance through my bedroom window the other day.

Have a wonderful weekend, Ruth...and thank you for blessing us with your beautiful photography.

Sandra said...

superb header shot of the humming bird. they are so tiny and you got every detail. love that yellow warbler. i have never seen any of the birds you posted today.

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful shots! love that warbler up close and personal! and your hummingbird photos are fantastic!!! loved this, ruth!

Coy Hill said...

Congrats on capturing the dickcissel, still waiting for my first. Getting a banded hummer is special too and last but not least congrats on your new addition. I'm sure you will love what it will do for your photography. No doubt Jake would be happy for you.

grammie g said...

Hi Ruth..Just gorgeous post of the birds!!
Love your Humming Bird...especially the female..Was you able to read the band numbers???
Great color coordination on the Purple Finch shot : }}!!
The me baby is doing a great job ; }
Grace

Jeannelle said...

Nice shots! The yellow warbler is lovely!

Montanagirl said...

Impressive photos! I'd love to see a Dickcissel sometime. They are very pretty. Like your Thought for Today as well.

Unknown said...

Great shots. I love the yellow warbler.
I wish I could get a shot of a female orchard oreol, they are yellow where the male is red.

Unknown said...

Great shots. I love the yellow warbler.
I wish I could get a shot of a female orchard oreol, they are yellow where the male is red.

Unknown said...

Great shots. I love the yellow warbler.
I wish I could get a shot of a female orchard oreol, they are yellow where the male is red.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

What beautiful shots, Ruth. That picture of the male hummingbird is spectacular, even if it wasn't taken with the new camera.

S. Etole said...

Remarkable photos all. I've never heard of a Dickcissel.

Sharon M said...

Beautiful photos!

Unknown said...

Ruth, wonderful shots! The Hummingbirds are my absolute favourites! How lucky to get a banded one! Those bands are awful tiny. Must be interesting to put them on!

Janice K said...

I'd say the photographer and the new camera are getting to know each other quite well. Very nice.

Dawning Inspiration said...

LOOK at the hummingbird!!!!! Ahhhh - love that baby!!!

happyone said...

My favorite is the humming bird. Fantastic shot!!

Rick said...

Simply great shots, Ruth ! Love that hummingbird, but these are all fantastic.

Also loved your flower shots (previous post) and covet the new 'addition' (actually I'm saving for exactly that model - but it will likely be next year before I can stop coveting).

Have a blessed weekend.

jeanlivingsimple said...

Ruth, Wow! All your bird pics are great but the male Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight is wonderful!!!

Debbie said...

oh the thrill of being a birdie. what would we do otherwise?? i am so happy for you that you have this interest, that it brings you so much joy!!

awesome pictures ruth, they really are amazing!!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

These are all wonderful, Ruth. I saw a yellow bird the other day, but could not get close enough to photograph it and figure out what it was. I'll have to read through your earlier posts to see what camera you got. It's always fun to have a new toy. Have a good weekend.

Shug said...

You are doing a great job with that new camera. the hummingbird shot is gorgeous!! so colorful and pretty..
have a great Sunday.

ChrisJ said...

You must have a wonderful camera -- and be very talented yourself of course. These are such great photographs. I've never even heard of a Dickcissel. He looks like a meadow lark.

Elaine said...

Very nice collection of birds! The only one we have here is the Yellow Warbler.

Pat said...

I didn't know finches came in purple! I love the hummingbird shots--the female preening is so cute, especially with your caption. These are all great photos of God's creatures.

Mary said...

These photos are great! I love your new camera. I sure would like to update mine. These are so clear and sharp in focus. Glad you found a Dickcissel...aren't they beautiful birds? and they are always singing!

George said...

These shots are just great. You and your new camera are getting magnificent photos. I look forward to seeing many more wonderful pictures like this.

Neal said...

Gorgeous shots Ruth. That hummingbird shot is stunning.

Unknown said...

I love all the photos Ruth!!!! Happy 4th of July to you!!!
Super great Hummingbird photo!!!
Hugs,
Chris :o)

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm so impressed with what the photos you are making with your new Canon 7D!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful post...I just love the little hummer preening herself on the branch!

Nora said...

lovely post Ruth, new camera working great...for the exposure, which looks fine to me, I don't enable the highlite or the safey shift in custom functions.i like the hummingbird shots:-)

Christine said...

They're all beautiful Ruth, but the little hummer just steals my heart!