Hunting Hummingbirds


In May, a friend of mine posted several wonderful photos of hummingbirds (I don’t know if you’ll be able to see it if you’re not his friend) on Facebook that he had taken at the Hummingbird Habitat in Desert Breeze Park. I’ve been dying to go out there and try to capture some with my camera. I had gone a couple of years ago with no luck.

I often see hummers flitting around the backyard when I take Ralph out first thing in the morning. But I never have my good camera handy at that time.

Thursday was my first chance to go to the park. I tried to get out there early, but it was already 9:30 and 90 degrees when I left the house. Hummingbirds prefer to do their foraging early in the morning or late in the afternoon when it isn’t so hot.

I forgot that there’s a waterfall and a pool of water lilies at the Hummingbird Habitat.


Did you notice the two dragonflies near the lower left corner above? That’s the first time I’ve ever been able to photograph them. They’re fast.

water lilies

There are all sorts of interesting plants in the garden.

red yucca
Red yucca
century plant
Century plant. This flower spike is about 30 feet tall.

There’s a tall tree sculpture in the center of the garden.

Tree sculpture

And, of course, lots of real trees. In one spot, they formed a canopy above the path. That shaded area was about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the garden.

Shady path

I wandered through the habitat looking for hummingbirds. I saw some other birds.

unidentified bird
I don’t know what kind of bird this is. I’d like to say mockingbird, except it was only singing one song. Usually mockingbirds run through a whole repertoire.
pigeon or mourning dove
I’m not sure whether this is a pigeon or a mourning dove.
Gecko sunning
I believe that’s a gecko on the top of this rock.

I finally did see one hummingbird, though I didn’t even get a good enough look at him to be able to tell what type. It was so hard to get a picture of him. He kept flitting about within a tree, and I couldn’t focus on him. My camera insisted on focusing on the leaves and blurring him out. I managed to get a few half-decent shots . . .


. . . but when I finally got my zoom lens focused in, he was done for the day. I never saw him again, even though I hung around and searched for another half hour.

Oh well. Maybe next time.

4 responses »

  1. You could always get the hummingbirds to come to you, Andrea. You could hang up a feeder in your yard, and though it might take a while, once they discover it, the hummingbirds will come. I have had a feeder right outside the kitchen window in the lilac bush for several years now, and I enjoy watching them flit about. Some years are better than others for watching them. I’ve seen them from time to time this year, not necessarily daily, but they come around. Certainly something is drinking the nectar, though one spring, a Baltimore Oriole was a visitor. I looked it up; they like nectar, too!

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    • I never saw hummingbirds when we lived in NJ. Congratulations on attracting them!
      We used to have a hummingbird feeder, but I discovered in Arizona, you have to change the nectar daily, because the heat turns it into a vinegar-smelling liquid. Now we have lots of trumpet-shaped flowers in the yard, and the hummers do stop by. I’m just not fast enough to catch them with my camera.


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