A Big Day for the Birds, Embudo, NM


A Big Day for the Birds, Embudo, NM.

Yesterday, July 7, 2015, was a good day for birding. In the late afternoon, I began setting up to photograph the hummingbirds that come to the feeder on our back deck. I was hoping to photograph the Rufous male that had recently shown up. But then I heard a plaintive repeated call off to my right, and looked over to the bird houses just a few yards away. Perched there and crying for attention was the (or one of the) juvenile Ash-throated flycatcher(s) that had been born and raised in one of those houses. Then I noticed a blue bird in a bush, just to the side of the bird houses. It was a blue grosbeak, and sat long enough for me to photograph it. I am thrilled with these, my first photographs of a blue grosbeak. I was using my Nikon D80 with 70-300mm lens, zoomed all the way out. I never did get to photograph the Rufous male yesterday, but got flash photos of  Black-chinned hummers instead. Maybe today I’ll get to photograph Señor Rufous.

Juvenile Ash-throated flycatcher

Juvenile Ash-throated flycatcher

Juvenile Ash-throated flycatcher

Juvenile Ash-throated flycatcher

Female Black-chinned hummingbird

Female Black-chinned hummingbird

Male Black-chinned hummingbird

Male Black-chinned hummingbird

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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