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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Last night we had a lovely thunderstorm with tiny bits of hail, nothing serious though. Normally the clouds move quite slowly here so that we have ample warning to take cover if they are menacing. Yesterday I took cover almost 2 hours before the storm hit.
Today we had a cold, wet, miserable morning, so what is a person to do??? Well, take pictures of wet hummingbirds, of course..... Tom Thumb and 3 rivals were buzzing my feeders all day with Tom trying to maintain his territory but the other fellows seemed to sometimes almost work together, one distracting Tom while a buddy slipped in for a quick feed.
I would love to be able to capture the sparring between the rival hummers but it would be almost impossible to catch anything clearly because of the speed at which they travel, and their fights are never in the same spot.
Even though the day was quite dull, the overhead sun still helped me capture the amazing iridescence of those tiny feathers. The photos tend to make these hummers larger than they really are (with a body smaller than my thumb).
|These clouds, and lightning, caused me to hunker down yesterday|
|Then the rain came on with a vengeance|
|It wasn't long before the streets became rivers|
|Tom doesn't seem bothered by rain|
|Even with raindrops on his beak, he comes to feed|
|It takes a lot of patience and timing to get decent shots|
|Luckily the camera didn't seem to bother Tom today|
|By now he should be accustomed to me|
|He will come and feed often|
|... in between chasing off the rivals|
|I never get tired of my little buddy's visits|
|He is such an easy pet to maintain|
|3 years he has been coming here|
|He knows that I mean him no harm|
|I am about 12 inches away|
|He jealously guards his territory and his food|
|He keeps coming until well after darkness has fallen|