Allen's Hummingbird Enjoys California Wildflowers

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March 22 2010

I drove from L.A. to San Luis Obispo County to spend a day photographing spring wildflowers, and what an amazing day it was. The canyons were glowing with a visual feast for the eyes and nose and soon I realized I wasn't alone. A large re-tailed hawk soared effortlessly above and I quickly removed the 200mm macro lens from my camera and popped on a 300mm with a TC, focused on the hawk, clicked away, and realized I had neglected to change my camera from single shot focus to continuous mode. In the seconds it took to make the adjustment, the hawk was flying away, when suddenly, about five feet in front of me a gorgeous little hummingbird performed an aerial ballet above the flowers. I dropped to my knees, then onto my belly, and carefully slid down the hill while tracking the hummer as it flitted from flower to flower, drinking sweet nectar, while transferring pollen from blossom to blossom.

I captured numerous images and still struggle to pick a favorite but the best part is how vividly the memories come back while viewing them, seems as if I can hear to wings humming and smell springs delightful perfume, and I owe a thank you to the hawk, otherwise I likely would not have many hummingbird shots in focus.

Goldenstar flowers and leaves blossoming from what apear to be dried up bushes

Giant Coreopsis emerge from winter hibernation

 

Red-tailed hawk in flight over a canyon painted with vibrant spring wildflower colors

Red-tailed hawk departing the scene


Beautiful male Allen's Hummingbird flying over a Blue Dick wildflower in a quest for nectar

Beautiful male Allen's Hummingbird seeking sweet wildflower nectar

 

Allen's Hummingbird with a flaming orange gorget glowing in spring sunlight

Displaying a brilliant red gorget

 

Allen's Hummingbird in flight

Diving

 

Allen's Hummingbird feeding on nectar and pollen from a Blue dick wildflower

Sipping nectar while in flight

 

Allen's Hummingbird in flight photography

Inquisitive

 

Allen's Hummingbird flying towards another wildflower

Flying from flower to flower

 

Allen's Hummingbird approaches another flower

Enjoying a Beautiful Day

 

California sure is Beautiful,   wildflowers and hummingbirds are a nice combination

The tiniest soul with feathers

 

Cute little hummingbird

Cute Little Bird

 

Allen's hummingbird in flight feeding on Blue Dick wildflowers

Bulls Eye

Sweet wildflower nectar offers hummingbirds a delicious treat,
while dusting their bills with pollen, to pollinate the next blossom

 

Hummingbirds beat their wings so fast they are a delightful blur of motion

Abundant Wildflowers

 

Hummingbird's long slender bill allows for easy access to the goodies wildflowers offer

Busy Bird

 

Stopping from flower to flower

Beautiful Wings

 

Facing the camera

Keeping an eye on the camera, and operator

 

Pretty hummingbird approaches another wildflower

Another tasty looking flower

 

Hummingbird hovering with pollen on its bill

Time for more pollen on the bill

 

Hummingbird hovering effortlessly

Hovering Effortlessly

 

Close up photo of a hummingbird in flight

Gorgeous male Allen's hummingbird posed for a close up photo, and departed

 

California Poppy in full bloom

Beautiful California Poppy in full bloom

 

fiddleneck and a cool looking rock with lichen

I photographed numerous flowers, but this page has enough photos...

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