I’m back… sort of!

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Dear reader…

As you know, I have stopped posting to my blog since the Fall of 2016. I have returned for a brief moment, however, to let you know that I was pleased to be interviewed for a blog post by Sharon McInnes, a regular contributor at Bird Canada. If you have a moment, please take a moment to read her article and look at my photos (including the one posted above. To read Sharon’s article, please click here!

Anna’s Hummingbird nest

I feel very, very strongly about this… Fellow photographers (and birders): Do not, under any circumstance, alter natural surroundings to get a “good shot.” If you feel you cannot abide by this rule, please sell your camera equipment and become a ballet dancer, instead.

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Anna's Hummingbird nest

Just about everybody loves hummingbirds and babies, so its no surprise that baby hummingbirds have a giant fan group. There are four species that nest in central Arizona: Costa’s, Black-chinned, Broad-billed, and Anna’s Hummingbirds. but I’ve only seen the nests of the last two here. This Anna’s Hummingbird nest with two juvies as photographed at Boyce Thompson Arboretum on April 11, 2010.

The nest was pointed out to me by one of the staff, along a heavy use trail near a popular feature. I was told that only a few people had been told about the nest out of fear that too many people would get too close to it.

I came back later, alone, with my gear and had to search to find it again even though I knew about where it was. It took some more time finding  vantage point where I had a clean view of the…

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