Saturday, July 30, 2011

Special Visitors

It is always busy at our bird feeder which is about twelve feet from our front door. Sometimes if I sit quietly on the front porch, the birds will keep coming and I can take pictures. The red bellied woodpecker is an exception. He keeps flying from tree to tree and complaining about me. I tried standing in the open doorway but he wouldn't accept that either.

As I was sitting in my chair on the porch, drinking coffee with my camera in my lap, this hummingbird flew in front of my face (about 3 feet from the tip of my nose), hovered there and seemed to look me in the eye. Probably thinking, "Put your coffee cup down and take my picture, you dunce!" But I blew it and didn't have the camera ready until he (she?) landed on the feeder.




A goldfinch couple has been working on the sunflower centers. Ironic that these sunflowers grew from seeds spilled from the bird feeder and now they are feeding the birds! These two pictures were taken from the living room window. They would have flown had I opened the door. She had her tail pointed at me so I focused on him. The sunflowers were bobbing in the wind and he was constantly pecking. Conditions that made it difficult to get a clear picture.



Next time I won't let that hummingbird sneak up on me!
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8 comments:

Seven Gates Farm said...

Just precious photos. I love it when the birds are just right there in front of your face. I never have my camera. Nice how your bird seed recycled itself. Mine have had a great time in my bird baths with the heat. Debi

Karen said...

I have the darndest time capturing hummingbirds... good job!

Pondside said...

Aren't they miraculous little creatures?!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

What a beautiful birds near to you!

Regards!

eileeninmd said...

Cute shots of the hummer and the Goldie. The hummers are such great fun to watch!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful clarity in the hummer shot. Goldfinches tend to be jumpy, don't they? I snuck up on one earlier this month but started shooting from a fair distance unsure if it would actually sit long enough to get a close-up.

ladyfi said...

So lovely - especially the hummer!

Crafty Gardener said...

lovely photos of the hummer and goldfinch