The Hooded Oriole is back

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Hermit Thrush in the yard

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Photographing the hummingbirds at the Mexican sage

A few poses in the “field,” i.e., my backyard.IMG_2808bayliss_mexican_sage_mathew_tekulsky_camera_mark2_e_raw_crop IMG_2809bayliss_mexican_sage_mathew_tekulsky_camera_mark2_e_raw_crop IMG_2815bayliss_mexican_sage_mathew_tekulsky_camera_mark2_e_raw_crop

Hooded Oriole flies in to feeder

What a great sequence, showing how the bird works his way over to the feeder.  IMG_7057bayliss_hooded_oriole_fliteline_flying_to_feeder_e IMG_7060bayliss_hooded_oriole_fliteline_flying_to_feeder_midair_e IMG_7065bayliss_hooded_oriole_fliteline_flying_to_feeder_e IMG_7070bayliss_hooded_oriole_fliteline_flying_to_feeder_e IMG_7073bayliss_hooded_oriole_fliteline_flying_to_feeder_e IMG_7074bayliss_hooded_oriole_fliteline_flying_to_feeder_midair_e IMG_7077bayliss_hooded_oriole_fliteline_flying_to_feeder_landed_e

California Towhee and milo plant

The California Towhee gets seeds from a plant that grew from a milo seed, I think. He tries to grab the seed but also by shaking the stem, the seeds fall to the ground and he eats them there.IMG_9119bayliss_garden_milo_plant_california_towhee_e_raw_crop IMG_9122bayliss_garden_milo_plant_california_towhee_e_raw_crop

Mexican sage setting for hummingbird photos

I thought I’d show you the are where I took the photographs, so you can see how I work. The purple Mexican sage is on the other side of the pool, with a hummingbird feeder at left; the camera is placed in front of the sage; and then I go to work. You can see my shadow in the pool in the vertical picture. IMG_3420bayliss_mexican_sage_hummingbird_feeder_e_crop IMG_3425bayliss_mexican_sage_camera_mark2 IMG_3455bayliss_mexican_sage_camera_mark2_mathew_tekulsky_shadow_e_raw IMG_3472bayliss_mexican_sage_camera_mark2_e

Mathew Tekulsky at the Mexican sage

Waiting for the hummingbirds. IMG_2429bayliss_mexican_sage_mathew_tekulsky_camera_mark2_e_raw_crop IMG_2430bayliss_mexican_sage_mathew_tekulsky_camera_mark2_e_raw_cropIMG_2426bayliss_mexican_sage_mathew_tekulsky_camera_mark2_e_raw

Hummingbird on the downstroke

Often we show the wings up, but the wings have to come down too to keep the bird in flight. IMG_9030bayliss_mexican_sage_annas_hummingbird_de_raw_crop IMG_9088bayliss_mexican_sage_annas_hummingbird_e_raw_crop

Anna’s Hummingbird with Mexican sage

Wow, the sage is blooming and the hummers are here.

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