I spent a very pleasant hour or so yesterday sitting on our porch and watching the antics of the birds and bees and hummingbirds. We now have at least two hummers, and I was pleased to be able to capture a few fairly good pictures of them.
I was surprised to see this ruby-throated hummer, whose throat was more orange than ruby colored.
I discovered that the orange throat could be related to the bird's molting season.
He finally landed long enough for me to zoom in on him, and he looked pretty "scruffy" up close, so I guess he is molting. He spent at least five minutes just sitting and preening himself.
One advantage of having a long beak is being able to scratch your back ...
I was amazed to see that he turned his head completely around.
Our cardinals weren't very happy about me being so close, either. They were perched high in the nearby Bay Magnolia tree, not-so-patiently waiting for me to go inside so they could swoop down to their feeders.
I loved capturing the hummers and cardinals, but the cutest little visitor of the day was a little mockingbird that captured my heart. I saw him swoop down to the pond in our courtyard to get a drink, or so I thought ... but I soon saw water splashing and realized he was taking a bath! I so wanted to get pictures of him happily splashing and bathing, but I knew if I got too close he would fly away.
I waited for him to finish his bath and discreetly captured these pictures of him "drying off." He seemed to be modest as he peeked over the edge of the rocks, watching me watch him.
After a few seconds, I guess he figured I wasn't going away, so he shyly began to dry himself off by flapping his wings ...
And ruffling his feathers.
In the next two pictures, you can see the water droplets flying off of him as he briskly dried himself.
He was so cute and sweet, and looked like a young bird.
Isn't he adorable! I wanted to hug him when I saw these pictures.
Look how "fluffy" he is after his bath ...
After he finished drying, he paused on the rocks long enough for me to capture a couple more pictures.
I continued to take pictures of the hummingbirds during the afternoon, and hope to share more of them soon. They are such fascinating little creatures and I never tire of watching them. Do you have hummers yet?
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