Find the Hummingbird — Part 1

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This should be a quick post  . . . at my end, not yours. For them interested, all these photos have birds in them. Except for the last few, all the photos have a hummingbird somewhere in the frame.

For example . . .

Those two are fairly easy challenges.

This next one is a bit tougher . . .

Again . . .


More difficult . . .

Hint: if you click on the photo, a larger version of the photo opens in a new window or tab. If you want to make it even easier, click on the second SmugMug link above and you can zoom in to the full resolution on each photo by clicking on it.

One other hint . . . the birds tend to perch in the same place so once you find it in one photo, you might have an easier time on the other photos.

I admit . . . sometimes, even with knowing where they are, I have difficulty finding them.

Here are some easy ones . . .

This next one is a little easier . . .

Heck, these next ones have the bird in full view . . .

Hint 2: most of these were shot before I came up with the idea of finding the hummingbird. Consequently, the bird is nearly always near the center of the frame.

Not that it makes it that much easier . . . but, again, if you find one in one photo, you should be able to find the hummingbird in the other photos.

Now, I know I said hummingbird, but these next photos showcase another bird . . .

Perhaps “showcase” is a bit strong.

Still, it’s not a small bird . . .

Here, let me make it easier . . .

If you look closely, it’s eating a bug. I thought they mostly ate seeds (hence the strong beak). It turns out their diet is about 10% insect-based. And I should have known they feed their young almost exclusively insects.

Note on the last two photo the dragonfly to its right . . . er . . . his left; our right. On the last photo it seems as if it becomes aware of the bug. Now, watch its reaction.

Two thoughts . . . it’s hunting and it looks prehistoric in appearance. It could be it’s a sick bird or a young bird, but it has a pterodactyl-like vibe.

Anyway, that’s all for Part 1. Stay tuned for more in this series with future photos focusing only on hummingbirds.

Here’s the gallery of the above photos.

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