Sunday, July 5, 2009

hmmmming birds

Violet Crowned Hummingbird

There is a house down in Patagonia (an hour & a half drive south of Tucson) that graciously opens their backyard to birders interested in visiting their feeders, asking nothing in return except a donation for the purchase of sugar. I've been visiting their yard for many years, and its a great place to see some of southern Arizona's many species of hummingbirds.

I believe you can find over nine different species of hummingbirds visiting their yard over the course of a year. Several of these species are at the top of their northern range.

These are all snaps taken with my P&S camera during a trip down there on Thursday (taking a quick break from my study/search). I'm quite pleased with how the Violet Crowned picture came out for using such a small camera/lens.

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

More Broad-billed Hummingbirds

female Broad-billed Hummingbird

on the left is a Rufous Hummingbird


  1. What a special treat, Warren. I'm so glad you got these super photos to share with us.

  2. Very beautiful pictures. Is this the same camera that fell in the water? Thanks, OtterRock

  3. Tree & Lynette -- thanks! some of these guys weren't staying put for long for the pic.

    OtterRock -- thanks, glad you like them! Yes, this is the same fountain soaked, clothes dryer dried camera. We sure could use some of your coastal breeze in Tucson right about now!

  4. Oh Oh Oh I may have to venture there! :) Wonderful!

  5. Jen -- its well worth the trip if you like hummingbirds!


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