Ham-mingbird by mbrutus

Ham-mingbird

“Dad! There in the bush! A bird.” There we were, yesterday, hiking on the mountaintop trail. Me, trying to keep up with my younger, fitter daughter.” “Birds!” “Where?!” She, calling birds out, faster than I could find them with my naked eye. “In that bush! There! Two, three, five hummingbirds just flew in.” Not even spotting them with my naked eye, I searched through the camera eye piece. “One, two just flew away.” Hidden in the leaves, or perhaps just camouflaged, their bark colored fronts blending perfectly with the branches while their colorful greenish blue back and tail feathers obscured them among the leaves. No wonder I didn’t stand a chance. “Hurry up,” she called plaintively. “Two more just flew away.” I sensed the blur of their wings as they darted away from the bushy preserve and us. “That leaves one,” I said. “I’m doing the best I can.” And then, I saw him, The One, standing on the branch with all the presence of Yul Brynner walking into a close up. Afraid that he would dart off as impetuously as his mates, I started shooting, even before Bird Catcher could find focus. I shouldn’t have worried. This bird was pure avian ham. He stood there calmly as could be, posing with all the self-conscious earnestness of a feathered Zoolander, commanding the runway. Posing facing me. To the right. To the left. And back again. Half turn, show those splendid tail feathers. Split seconds turned into an eternity, until he finally remembered he was a hummingbird and not just a bird hamming it up. Here is one of those shots, one more of those, that without the help of my daughter/spotter/muse, would have escaped me completely. And special thanks to The Ham.
Beautiful photo!
June 15th, 2017  
Marvellous image, well caught
June 15th, 2017  
Great shot, wonderful story! Thanks for sharing both!
June 15th, 2017  
He is fabulous! I've never seen a hummy pause for even a split second. Awesome capture!
June 15th, 2017  
What a gorgeous capture of this delightful bird!! So lucky to have your bird spotter with you!! Fav!
June 15th, 2017  
Another marvelous story to accompany your shot - your daughter did well!! She's wonderful to have along as chief spotter. And what a terrific shot of the hummingbird - the focus is fabulous and love the lighting and background. Fav
June 15th, 2017  
A beautiful background to complement the gorgeous bird.
June 15th, 2017  
What an amazing shot and gift. Fav.
June 15th, 2017  
Wonderful to see this in the wild. Such a gorgeous bird. Great capture.
June 15th, 2017  
What a sweet little bird. Beautiful colors in the bird and background.
June 15th, 2017  
Great capture and such beautiful colours
June 15th, 2017  
Stunning capture, fav :)
June 15th, 2017  
Such beautiful colours, great capture! Fav
June 15th, 2017  
So envious of you having hummingbirds. Lovely photo
June 15th, 2017  
@phil_sandford Don't you have them there. What surprised me was seeing so many of them in the wild. I usually associate them with gardens.
June 15th, 2017  
Great shot! Looks like he stopped to pose, just for you.
June 16th, 2017  
@mbrutus None at all in the UK. I guess it just isn't warm enough, often enough. I believe their are specialist avaries at zoos or wildlife parks that have them, but I believe all nature should where God puts it, not where man displays it.
Some of the videos etc of the hummingbirds drinking from human hands (fast and slow motion) are remarkable.
June 16th, 2017  
LOve how the green wings match the background
June 16th, 2017  
@laurieewilson @joannakate Many thanks for your kind comments.
June 17th, 2017  
@lindasees So glad you enjoyed them both. It was fun to relive the occasion.
June 17th, 2017  
@louannwarren I know. They don't stop for long in the gardens. And his friends didn't stop for long. But out there in the wild, I did get so pictures of birds from further away, sitting on branches, that I didn't realize were hummingbirds (because they were sitting) until I got home to inspect them and realized they resembled this guy. But I had never seen one like that until that occasion.
June 17th, 2017  
@pamknowler Yes. I was fortunate. But truth to tell, helpful as she was, she was so anxious for me to catch them in my pictures, that she was making me a little nervous about catching them. And they are quite fickle and flighty. But it did all work out and we have some lovely memories.
June 17th, 2017  
@milaniet Thank you. Always think of you when I write my stories. Particularly the long ones, when I'm thinking to myself, "Who on earth is even going to read such a long story?' So glad you like them both. Also thought of you while taking this shot, because you take so many lovely bird shots always.
June 17th, 2017  
@danette Yes. That's most up to good fortune. But it did work out well in this instance.
June 17th, 2017  
@joysabin Thanks for your kind comment and your fav. I think of you when I take hikes like this, because I remember some of you photo from your hikes.
June 17th, 2017  
@littleconnie Thank you. I agree with you. I've always associated them with people's flower gardens or feeders. I also have some shots with their wings stopped and they seem more like normal birds. Another interesting way to see them.
June 17th, 2017  
@gardenfolk Thank you. It is interesting how their colors blend in with the wild setting to camouflage them.
June 17th, 2017  
@photobird Thank you so much.It was a good time of day for that.
June 17th, 2017  
@merrelyn Thank you. You're quite kind.
June 17th, 2017  
@carole_sandford Thanks for the comment and the fav. I enjoyed your poppy photo today.
June 17th, 2017  
@phil_sandford Don't you know that I've planted hummingbird attracting plants in my garden and hardly seen a one. Then I wander off in the wilderness and practically have to beat them off with a stick. Go figure.
June 17th, 2017  
@phil_sandford I haven't seen those videos but it would be amazing. I see them at my neighbor's sage plants, so I just planted three of them in my backyard.
June 17th, 2017  
@terryliv Yes. I would have thought they'd be too splashy because they are the color of peacock feathers, but they really do camouflage well.
June 17th, 2017  
I was able to capture a hummingbird for the first time today myself.
He posed for me for at least a minute. So cool when they co-operate with us for a photo :)
June 19th, 2017  
Beautiful beyond words!!! Simply fabulous!
June 20th, 2017  
What a beautiful bird!
July 19th, 2017  
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