This weekend was a weekend for bird photography, and tonight, to take a break from reviewing and processing images from Italy, I processed and uploaded photographs I shot this weekend of birds in Leesylvania State Park and here in Montclair, VA. I have been trying to get some decent images of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and this weekend a female hummingbird was very cooperative. (Click on the images twice to see them in more detail.)
And finally, one more image (below), when she was back in the tree.
Common Grackles live up to their name and are way too common here. However, I could not resist photographing this one (below), because the sun was making its iridescent feathers glisten as it was perched up in a tree and screeching loudly. As you probably know, they do not have a pleasant call.
Mourning doves (below) are also very common, but have you ever looked closely at one? They are very colorful with gorgeous blue eyelids, blue feathers on the top of their head, and blue and yellow feathers on their shoulders.
In early summer, recently hatched birds fledge from their nests, but still follow their parents around begging for food. Below are two fledglings–a Catbird and Red Bellied Woodpecker. The young Catbird was impatiently waiting to be fed, and the shy, young woodpecker was partially lit by the sun while hiding in a tree waiting for one its parents to return with a meal.
One last photograph–a dragonfly shot a Leesylvania State Park–obviously not a bird, but they do fly. Be sure to click on this image. They appear to have a face with very large eyes and a nose above their mouth.