Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nesting Female Costa’s Hummingbird

I spent a couple of days with Mama Costa here before I started shooting a couple of pictures. Some times I would just leave my gear near the nest so she would be used to it. Not once did she leave the nest. Since I was not working in a blind I would only stay for very brief periods. Although the bird may not flush, there is always the chance that although she would stay, the pressure would build up and she would flee. So I did the fussy camera setup when I knew she was off the nest and took a couple of brief shots and got out leaving the gear until she was off the nest. Then I would retrieve the gear.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Another spot I saw was being favored by a female Costa’s. After a couple of days the curiosity just got the better of me. I waited until I saw her go out to feed and poked around and found her nest.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Verdin

Verdin are found in the desert south west of the United States and in the northern half on Mexico. They built two types of oven nests, one for roosting and one for breeding. The nests built for roosting tend to have heaver walls and help the Verdin conserve heat in the winter nights. The brooding nests are a bit larger and thinner. The outer course stick shell is built by the males and the inner fine work is completed by the females.

verdin 3-24-2009 3-35-23 PM

verdin 3-25-2009 4-05-50 PM-2

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, April 24, 2015

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