Hummingbirds and Bats

I recently had an opportunity to attend a hummingbird photography workshop in Arizona with Langell Photography. It was an amazing experience where I got the opportunity to photograph hummingbirds and bats. The humidity was much lower than my residence in Florida, so I kept the windows open in my room and enjoyed the fresh air.

Following are a few pictures of the hummingbirds.

Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris).
This is a broad-billed hummingbird with pollen on its head and bill. The flowers were in bloom as a result of recent rains and the hummingbirds were taking advantage of it.
A high key image of a rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus).
A low-key image of a broad-billed hummingbird.
A Rivoli’s hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) also called a magnificent hummingbird.

And some bat pictures.

While I was there, I took the opportunity to pick up birds for my life list. The Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon had bird feeders set out which resulted in a great opportunity to easily see birds. I enjoyed the acorn woodpeckers feeding from the hummingbird feeders.

Acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus).

On the last day, I headed back to Tuscon to spend the night in a hotel next to the airport. Before heading to the hotel, I stopped at Saguaro National Park. It was very hot and I did not see much wildlife stirring, but I got a chance to use my super wide-angle lens to get some landscape pictures. In the following image you can see some cumulus clouds in the background beginning to form. The clouds got bigger and were spectacular later in the day. I missed the opportunity to get a good late evening picture.

On my flight back home, we hit some cumulous clouds as we arrived in Jacksonville. It was the worst turbulence I remember experiencing in my many flights. It was not fun and I was glad not to be the pilot. The woman in the seat in front of me prayed out loud and said “Jesus” in about every other word. I think it was the first time that I trembled on a flight. Although I was mostly sure everything would be okay, there was a small part of me that was petrified. Once we landed and got to the jetway, I got the following picture of the sky and the clouds we just flew through.

Clouds and sun over Jacksonville airport.

3 Comments on “Hummingbirds and Bats

  1. WOW! Beautiful hummingbirds!

    Back in the 1990’s my daughter worked at a stable at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville,N.C. to work off her some of her board….She had found a hummingbird that had worn itself out trying to find a way out of the barn and was not moving….She brought it home and we fed it sugar water and put it in this little nest we had found. It spent the night inside the house and before going to work, I put it on the outdoor patio table and it zoomed off….Yay!….little hummingbird!

    I would have been SCARED TO DEATH on THAT flight!….I have ALWAYS had an extreme nervousness about flying ,no matter how many flights I went on…..and we went on a LOT of flights since my husband worked for USAir for over 20 years!

    SO glad you made it safe and sound ,Linda! >

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    • That’s a lovely story about the hummingbird. We have found a few hummingbirds in our garages over the years and Regis is able to get them when they are exhausted and hold them until they catch their breath and are ready to leave. The a beautiful animals.


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