Pretty in Pink - Black-chinned HummingbirdPretty in Pink – Black-chinned Hummingbird – Nikon D300, f5.6, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Well, I made it through another week. Bird photography has been slow down here in the valley but there are signs migration is picking up.  There was a decided nip to the air yesterday morning and I saw some frost on the ground while heading towards Antelope Island. It seems to change from summer to fall very quickly at times while at others it drags. We had such a long cold spring here that I felt like summer would never arrive but when it did, it was hot, hot, hot. This was the hottest summer on record for my area of Utah so I am much relieved that the temperatures are dropping.

The hummingbirds I photographed last month are gone but I am seeing more of the birds I love photographing during the colder months. I have noticed more Red-tailed Hawks perched in trees and on power poles than I did a month ago and fewer and fewer Swainson’s Hawks. The Rough-legged Hawks will start showing up here in a few weeks and before long the Bald Eagles will descend on the valley.

One of the things I love about my bird and nature photography is that each day my subjects, the setting or the lighting is different and that also changes as the seasons change. I look forward to each photography session with joy.

I’m looking at summer in the rear view mirror now.