Becoming a Wildlife PhotographerPosted: January 5, 2017
I thought I would take the plunge and become a wildlife photographer (joking..kinda). I really wanted to capture my winter Hummingbirds, so I dug out a tripod, put on the long lens and situated a chair with a good view. I sat for awhile and they did not show up. Being in the yard, I started thinking about gardening chores and decided to get to work. With that done I came back to the chair to wait again. The birds still were not hungry, so I went inside to check on dinner. I headed back out and was finally rewarded.
I was able to get a decent shot of the Buff-bellied Hummingbird that has been around since Thanksgiving. I have a photo of him through a window, but this is outside and clearer. He is tolerating my presence more. I have enjoyed watching him take showers in gentle rains and baths on the Variegated Ginger and Philodendron leaves.
This little guy arrived around Christmas. He is a Rufous Hummingbird and hails from the far northwest. His color indicates a male. He is very stealth during feeding and is able to zoom in when the big Buff-bellied is elsewhere. He drinks for quite awhile, filling up in one visit.
As far as a career as a wildlife photographer, I think not! I don’t have the patience to sit for long periods of time, but I certainly admire those who do and produce the wonderful photos for us to enjoy. I will just go back to getting lucky with a camera in the right place at the right time.