Monday, September 20, 2010

Birds. Kaylee. Need I say more?

One last round of pictures from Mom and Dad's, starting with a couple I took looking back toward the house this morning when Kaylee and I went for a short walk:

Some Blue Jays I photographed over the course of the day:

A Purple Finch dines from one feeder while a pair of Goldfinches have a meeting of the minds on the other:

It took a little while, but between me, Mom, and Dad we finally figured out the bird on the right was a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, caught partway between his juvenile and adult plumage:

After a few misfires and more than a little profanity on my part, I finally managed to get some shots of the Red-breasted Nuthatch I'd been getting glimpses of since Thursday:

Dad and I both laughed as we watched the nuthatch maneuver itself right inside the feeder:

A hummingbird working some of the flowers just off the back step:

I have no idea whether it did or not, but it certainly looked like this hummingbird was interested in grabbing a seed from the mesh feeder:

I just happened to be standing by the glass door when this hummingbird came in for a landing:

Thanks to the show Time Warp, I learned last year that hummingbirds store some of the nectar they drink in a reserve tank of sorts located between their head and their shoulders; this fluid, in fact, is what helps the bird hold its head steady when it's hovering in front of a flower as it feeds. And if you compare these next two photos, you can see that there's a bit of a hump on its back in the first shot, which was taken as the bird was drawing the liquid in, that's not present in the second:

Finally, one last round of Kaylee pics, at least for now...

I liked how her ears were out straight in this shot:

Elevating to grab the ball:

Once again demonstrating her ability to get some serious air:

Enjoying a green bean:

I don't even know what's up with her expression here; all I can tell you is that she was chewing at the time:

Even though I actually took this one after we got back from our morning walk, I saved it for last because I loved how her eyes seem almost golden here:

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