Tricia Booker Photography

September 12, 2011

Stalker

There had been a few quiet days in our backyard, so I feared that the hummingbirds had left for their southern journey. Just in case, though, I filled a fresh feeder and hung it on the deck this morning. It didn’t take long for the squeaks and chattering to begin, and I looked out to see four hummingbirds vying over the best spots on the feeder.

Because they were sidetracked with each other, I opened the screen door and placed my chair right at the opening, about six feet from the feeder. They didn’t notice—at first. Then, one of the young males came over to investigate the noise of the shutter, and for about 10 to 15 seconds we stared at each other face to face. I lowered my camera, and he hovered about 2 feet in front of me, cocking his head and moving slightly from side to side. Unfortunately, he was too close for the lens I was using. I remained in the chair about 30 minutes, and periodically he would come back and hover in front of me again. Although I have photos that are technically more correct, this is one of my favorites because it’s the brave little bird who stalked me today.

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