We sit quietly in chairs placed strategically near bird feeders, waiting expectantly with cameras on laps and binoculars glued to eyes, searching for that iconic shot of some new bird we’ve never seen before, or a better shot of a bird we have seen many times before. When we’ve exhausted the possibilities at one site, we get in the car and move on to the next one. It’s such hard work…(not). But it’s the thrill of the hunt for the best shot that keeps us going from place to place.
In Portal, Arizona, in the foothills of the Chiricahua mountains, you are welcome to visit the backyards of the local residents to sit and photograph the birds that visit their feeders. At this particular backyard, a Roadrunner (lower left of the photo) walked through the backyard looking for an unwary bird to capture. It made a half-hearted attempt to lunge at a hummer on one of the feeders in the photo above, but gave up and moved on. We heard it had grabbed and eaten a Cactus Wren just a half hour before.
The only hummingbirds that I have ever photographed were ruby-throated hummingbirds, so these look so exotic, Sue. I tend to get fidgety when sitting in one place waiting for photographs and generally prefer wandering about and opportunistically shooting what I see.
I know what you mean, but with the number of birds coming to these feeders, you would miss out if you didn’t stay put.
It is definitely a different style of shooting and I am pretty sure that I could adapt to it. 🙂
Amazing collage shot.
What a fabulous road trip. Every blog has some new destination or route I would like to take, assuming all birds seen wait for my arrival. Your trip just gets better and better- watching the hummers and roadrunner.
Hi, great fotos ! kinda boring? Are you still on schedule to arrive here the afternoon of on 4/19 ? Great. just want to be sure. Will we see you the next morn at all ? BSJ
That looks like Dave Jasper’s yard! Lucky you guys.
You are correct! That’s where we were on a lovely April evening!