Queen Elizabeth II, in her annual report to Parliament, once used the Latin phrase “annus horribilis.” That phrase translates to horrible year. And, the way I see it, that phrase certainly applies to 2020. However, I've found joy this year in some little birds that have fascinated me. In early June I installed two hummingbird feeders on my deck. Six months later I have several hummers who seem to spend a large part of their daylight hours right here around my yard with frequent visits to the feeders. Although they do seem shy and skittish, they also act as if they now know me and are not afraid of me when I'm out near the feeders. They have a most remarkable ability to hover-in-place and I've had them come within a few feet, stop in mid-air, and look at me as if though wondering, who is this guy. They are rarely still for long which makes getting a picture of them a bit challenging. Here are a few captures I like. (Click on images for larger views.)
|Although experts say the feet are weak, it|
looks like they make a pretty good grip to me!
|This is an Anna's Hummingbird.|
There are over 300 species of hummingbirds.
|Right at the neck, note the tiny red feathers.|
Could this be around the ears?
|How they survive cold nights amazes me. The|
Anna's Hummingbird is in the Pacific Northwest
all year. Other types migrate to warmer climes.
|When the light is right the head feathers|
|Thinking it over.|
|Have you taken enough pictures?|
|At sunset with the Olympic Mountains in|
the distance. One of my favorite shots.