Old Friends & New

Returning to the Phoenix area brings us back into the neighbourhood of many old friends.

Some come by the yard.

Gila woodpecker – Why did *I* have to get the bang-head-against-tree ecological niche?

Rosy-faced lovebird – This is such a nice spot for a snooze . . . zzzz . . .

Some insist that I come over to their place, as only befits their dignity.

Anna’s hummingbird – Yes, I am amazing. Thank you, thank you very much.

But when I get there, some refuse to make eye contact.

Black-crowned night herons – Don’t look. Don’t look! DON’T LOOK!!

Some just seem, well, indifferent.

Black-necked stilt – Yeah, yeah, who cares how far you drove?

Some I’ve seen many times before.

Green heron – When I stand perfectly still, I become invisible. Cool, eh?

And some are new, both to the camera and to the camera operator.

Ruby-crowned kinglet – I will pause here for a nano-second, just because.

Adult males flash a brilliant red crown when excited;
otherwise it is concealed.
All About Birds

I was pleased to get *any* shot of this kinglet: They’re all of three to four inches long, nose to toes, er, beak-tip to tail-tip, and they Do Not Stop. Well, hardly.


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8 Responses to Old Friends & New

  1. Nice catches all Isabel.

    You did very well to persuade the kinglet to allow you actually get a picture of it.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim R – There was a photographer there who had a long fixed lens and even he was struggling a bit to get what he wanted, so I felt better. They are SO small and SO flitty.

  2. Smiles, grins, giggles, and OH, MYs. Charming captions and I hope the old, familiar humans measure up as winsomely.

  3. barbara carlson says:

    “Some come by the yard.” BIG birds!
    (That’s my fabric art days talking.)

  4. Mary Gibson says:

    Excellent photos. Birds are hard. Right after golden monkeys…..

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