Hummingbird, and a reminder about “H” stories voting

There are only a few more voting days left (and I’ve yet to write anything) before the “H” stories voting closes and the “I” stories go live. If leaning toward it, please read the “H” Alphabet Challenge Stories. After, if receptive to the idea, the writers hope you’ll make the effort and vote for your favorite HERE.<<<this is a link

That post has links to the individual stories and the poll where readers can click a box to indicate their appreciation for their favorite.

If you’ve already voted, thank you. If you’ve already forced your friends to read and vote, excellent!

Here’s the bird . . . a Ruby-throated Hummingbird:<<<this is a link Note: I use various links to spread the love around, but Wikipedia is my first choice and then, if it’s not to my satisfaction, I use other sites, like, for instance, Audubon.

These won’t be the only photos of this bird. I have other interesting shots. Interesting because they are stills from movies (which I will share).

Before I proceed, these are the same size as the shots that will appear in the SmugMug Gallery HERE. That’s because they are cropped. For reference, here’s one uncropped original.

These photos are all — timewise — very close to each other. These birds never stand still for long; they are always looking around for rivals to fight. As usual, this one is guarding one of the four feeders I have out.

The lighting (sun) was overhead and slightly behind the bird, so the features are not as visible as I would like.

Those were taken from a distance of about 20 feet . . . you can see he flew off in the last frame . . . but he flew to the feeder that was only about six feet from me . . .

Go ahead and click on it; it’s a much nicer photo than the others, and this is a large photo showing lots of details.

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