Posted by: atowhee | March 29, 2010

Humdinger Pics of Hummers

My friend, Dr. Tom Kuhn, has scored some very sweet photos of birds that don’t often hold still.  Well done!

Top to bottom:

A female Anna’s Hummingbird, in flight.  Superb combo of operator reflexes and great digital tech.

A male Allen’s Hummingbird at rest.  Rare enough sighting for this peripatetic species.  But then to capture the image in perfect light…Tom has mastered the Zen of bird photography.

The Allen’s is the coastal cousin of the more northerly nesting Rufous.  The Allen’s returns to the North American Pacific Coast each February and will migrate southward before the end of August, often leaving in July.  Note the gorget stops at the line of the beak, unlike the male Anna’s whose gorget comes up above the eye onto the crown.

This species needs no introduction, but anybody who photographs birds loves to find Cedar Waxwings.

Dr. Kuhn took all these images in the San Francisco.


Responses

  1. Kudos to Dr. Kuhn on the terrific photos, and to Harry for sharing!

  2. Great shots, Doc! Nice waxwing, too.


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