This is a Breeding adult which you can easily ID by the fan of golden feathers at the “ear”. This image is from early spring where I spied it swimming in one of the ponds at the golf course where we live.
Fun fact- Grebes have lobed rather than fully webbed feet that sit at the rear of their body.
Fuji X-T3| Fujinon XF 100-400mm@400mm| PS CC 21.2.1
It was a busy week-end with little to no time spent on the computer. Of course Photography figured high on my list of things to do this past week-end.
The Super Moon was number 1 on my list and I made plans months ago to shoot it with friends in Central Valley Calif. We were a large group and while waiting for the group to assemble before heading to our chosen shooting location I was photographing little birds in a nearby bush.
A friend and I spied a little flighty bird hopping from one branch to the next all the while staying deep in the foliage. I thought it might be a Warbler of some sort, but couldn’t be sure until I got a better look. I watched and waited hoping it would come out just for one good look and image. A little patience paid off. It showed itself in the open less than a minute! I managed to get only 3 frames of it hoping with fingers crossed that just one of those frames would be good.
Imagine my delight at finding I liked all three well enough to keep and share!
Then late last night I was trying to catch up with blogs and emails and read Donna’s post about her latest birding adventure and there in her images was a bird that looked just like the little bird I photographed that very afternoon!
I pulled out my Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America to compare my bird, and Donna’s bird with the Field Guide to see if I had a match and positive identification. I believe so! If true then this bird is a new ” Lifer” for me! An exciting spotting indeed! Thank you Donna!
Without further ado I present a Ruby-crowned Kinglet with the 3 images I made:
If you think this is different bird please let me know!
Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film|
I had a most delightful morning a couple of months back watching some Common Golden-eye males doing the their mating dance/display.
She likes me!
I think I nailed that.
The word Twitterpated was first used in the movie Bambi. It means to be overcome with romantic feelings; smitten.
UPDATE: I looked up the scene in the original Disney movie and found the dialog about Spring Twitterpation. I think it’s delightful! Hope you do too.
Flower: [about two birds fluttering around] Well! What’s the matter with them? Thumper: Why are they acting that way? Friend Owl: Why, don’t you know? They’re twitterpated. Flower, Thumper, Bambi: Twitterpated? Friend Owl: Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: you’re walking along, minding your own business. You’re looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden, you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head’s in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather; and before you know it, you’re walking on air. And then you know what? You’re knocked for a loop, and you completely lose your head! Thumper: Gosh. That’s awful. Flower: Gee whiz. Bambi: Terrible! Friend Owl: And that ain’t all. It can happen to anybody. So you’d better be careful.
[points at Bambi] Friend Owl: It could happen to you…
[points at Thumper] Friend Owl: …and you, and…
[Flower looks at Owl shyly] Friend Owl: Yes, it could even happen to you! Thumper: Well, it’s not gonna happen to me. Bambi: Me neither. Flower: Me neither.
Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2015