Female orchard oriole. I had seen these earlier in the week.
My first hummingbird shot. When I was growing up we had a feeder in the backyard in front of the dining room window. I used to see them and think they were neat. It never occurred to me back then to take a picture of it.
It was amazing watching them hover. I wished the light had been better. We were in the woods and the sun had gone down behind the trees. There was a little light but it wasn’t consistent. I’m going to keep my eyes out for these little guys on my next trip.
Hummingbird resting on a tiny branch. He must be tired.
A few more pictures from my early night at Fort Desoto during the week of fall out in late April. I could finally call my hubby and say “I’m gonna be home late. We got fall out!” (Yes, we saw The Big Year). Ron at Pinellasbirds.com said this was a record migration through the area in a given week. I only saw a spit of what was out there.
One thing I’ve learned is that it’s really hard to get decent shots of these little guys. It’s a lot harder than a shorebird sleeping on the beach or an eagle sitting on a nest. They are usually high up in the trees or deep inside them. There’s always leaves and branches to deal with. The light is harder in the woods with shadows. They are a lot more skittish than bigger birds. You have to sit quietly and wait for them to come down which is hard to do when there’s a steady stream of people walking by. Any news of birds and the woods are full of people. Most are quiet and stay back but you get at least one loud person getting too close to the feeder or fountain. Especially with the hummingbird feeders. We kept telling people to stay far back and they will come down and feed. People kept getting too close trying to take pictures with their camera phone.
Anyway, the whole experience and two short visits to Fort Desoto were a lot of fun. I met a lot of great birders who were helpful with id’s.