Photo of the Day: Hanging On

by John Briggs on September 16, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds, Photo of the Day, Wildlife

This juvenile male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was having a tough time perching on a flower basket hook. He would not give up, trying for a good 2 or 3 minutes to get a good grip. The Hummingbird would take an occasional break to drink nectar from the fuchsia that was hanging from the hook. Finally, the little jewel gave up and flew into the maple tree where he had plenty of perches just the right size for his tiny feet.

All photos taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail for a full-sized view.

Juvenile, male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Juvenile, male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Some of you have been asking, “Why all of the photo of the day posts? Where are your bird reports, etc?” As many of you already know, I have gone back to school. I’m into my second year of college life and time to spend birding has been greatly curtailed. I do have the occasion to observe birds here and there and I have my camera with me at times to capture what I see. I wish I had more time to pursue my hobby, but my studies have to take precedence right now.

Instead of letting my blog go stagnant, I post photo of the day posts and the occasional Wordless Wednesday, SkyWatch Friday and Bird Photography Weekly post. Once I finish school, I will once again publish posts on a more regular basis.

As far as school goes, it’s been great! I made the dean’s list both in the Fall of 2009 and Spring of 2010. This semester, I am doing clinical studies such as pharmacology, pathology and diagnostics, and clinical procedures. It’s not all fun and games, but I do enjoy the challenges of the medical field.

The great thing about studying at home is all I have to do is look out the picture window here at home and see our feeding stations filled with birds. When I have to get away from the books for a while, watching the birds enjoy the seed we provide for them is a great stress reducer. It gives me time to clear my head, get a grip, and then dive back into my studies.

The following photo was taken a few days ago. Many, many juvenile American Goldfinches are enjoying niger seed at our feeding station. The drab colored birds are the juveniles. In this photo there are 23 Golfinches, most of them juvenile. My high count so far at this feeding station is 41!

Juvenile and adult American Goldfinches

Juvenile and adult American Goldfinches

Happy birding!



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