September 15, 2020

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are still coming to the nectar feeder on our back deck.  Some of them allow close approach.  I’ve put my 50-mm prime lens on, which means I need to be between 12 and 18 inches away from the hummer when I shoot.  I’m still working on a tack-sharp, aesthetically pleasing photo with the wings frozen (shutter speed at 1/4000 or higher).  In the meantime . . . two out of three:

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

A Chipping Sparrow is still hanging out in the back yard, as is a Red-breasted Nuthatch.  Today the nuthatch nearly impaled me on its way to the sunflower feeder.

After work we took the dog for a walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  At the pond north of Bear Creek we watched two Mallards dive:

Mallards Diving