2013 Project 365

Project 365/219 – Backyard Bird Stalking

Having to wait for a delivery today, I had to entertain myself at home. Luckily there is a small family of House Wrens that I wanted to capture, so heading outside I went below the Magnolia tree where their home is.

Making a racket, quite displeased that I was there, the House Wrens were elusive within the trees and bush. After feeding nine mosquitoes, I decided to put some bug spray on, so I could stay out longer. I knew the shot I wanted and was willing to wait for it.

First this female Northern Cardinal showed up. i think she had been dipping in the jelly jar.


After some patient waiting, finally the House Wren went on the roof and I was able to get the shot I was hoping for.


But I still had plenty of time to kill. Lots of it. So while out, I happened to notice a hummingbird darting in the front garden bed. Mind you, I’ve been trying since spring to get hummingbirds to stay in my yard. With three feeders that I change the nectar regularly, and place it immediately where I saw one. I’ve had no luck,

As fall migration is around the corner I have been trying the past six week to get the hummers to visit and stay at the manor. Once I saw the hummer today, I quickly ran in and made a fresh batch of nectar. Placing it right where I saw it, I sat on the porch waiting. Camera lined up and ready to go.


While I sat there, I started to ponder on this new mode of life. In fact, Jerry of Quiet Solo Pursuits had a similar musing earlier this month. With wildlife photography, one must slow down and really wait for life to happen. For the first half of my life, I’ve lived like a hummingbird. Flitting as quickly as possible from once place to another.

What is the better way to experience the world? To go as fast as possible to be able to see and experience as much of the world one can see? Or is it better to slow down and truly appreciate the details of the experience.

Either way, I like this new slow-mode. It’s so much more relaxing and less stressful. Time seems to go slower. Waiting did pay off with three visits by the hummingbird in 45 minutes.

There was one more shot I was hoping to capture today, and that was of an American Goldfinch sitting on the flowers. Although the boys were singing loudly in the trees, only the girls stopped down for a snack.

Certainly all that waiting paid off. Hope you enjoyed slowing down a moment with me. Bella





It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.

Elizabeth Taylor

32 replies »

    • Thanks Mike. I was really wondering what I was doing just sitting there. I’ve never really done that at home. Always busy around the house. It’s nice to enjoy what one works hard for now and again. Hope you get to slow down too sometimes.

  1. Beautiful captures! Well worth the wait. Totally agree… I’ve only recently started to really slow down and live for the moments that are happening now, enjoying the natural world around me… nature is wonderful, life is wonderful! Awesome looking lens by the way! 🙂

  2. What amazing shots! Gotta say, those yellows — and that composition with him (her?) sitting so perfectly on the flower — is absolute perfection.

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