OK, now, this is a post of few words, and the wordy one will follow. I'm still working on the wordy one.
Sitting on the deck recent evenings, Gail and I have begun identifying several birds visiting the feeders. Here is a chickadee. These little guys are pretty brave around us.
And an adorable little titmouse. He is as cute as can be! Not at all shy with us.
This is a grosbeak. Very pretty bird, but extremely shy about being near humans. Obviously I had to take this with the zoom because he wouldn't come near enough to snap him at the feeder. I'm looking at stronger zoom lenses, thanks to midlifemutations who has given me some information about them. Stay tuned.
And then the hummingbirds ... I'm using the continuous shooting feature, and getting some wonderful shots of these little fast-moving guys. It is hard to catch them otherwise. I've done it, but not without lots of wasted clicks of the shutter. I also found that the camera speed in that mode and the hummingbirds' speed correlate oddly at times. In some series, the camera seemed to be taking pictures exactly on the movement of the bird so I had multiple blurs; those were deleted. The following ones were taken with apparent synchronization of the camera and the birds' movements. In the computer, I've set up a slide show that simulates the exact movements to and from the feeder. Fascinating! Depending on the angle I was able to be in, some of these don't show much color because the background was too light; however, they make for amazing silhouettes and actually show some of the wing movements, wing shapes, and the amazing near-translucency of the feathers. Hope you enjoy this selected few. Trust me it is a few ... taking shots in continuous mode allows for 200 frames in no time at all, literally, moments.
The tiny bill is parted in this shot. I don't think I've ever seen that before. Click on the picture to enlarge it.
There is a droplet of nectar at the tip if his beak. You might want to click on this and enlarge it.