Pretty in Pink – Black-chinned Hummingbird

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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.



  1. lily bug September 23, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Everything about this bird & color is beautiful!

  2. humming bird lover September 23, 2013 at 6:55 am


    Love the photo! The bird and pink color is so great!
    Our hummers were late leaving this year! I last saw one Thur. of last week. I sure miss them. One would buzz my head and get close to my face. Was saying hurry up and hang that feeder. Every year there is a really friendly one. and makes my days happy. Have a great day and good photo’s!

  3. Sheila September 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Mia, what a beautiful image; the background is stunning. These little birds are so strong, I admire them.
    Happy Autumn Equinox today; enjoy your autumn!

  4. Keith Nichols September 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This is a photo you don’t want to take your eyes off. You’re a fantastic photographer and artist all rolled into one.

  5. Dave Sparks September 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Amazing background colors. Looks as if the bird’s performance is occurring during a light show.

  6. Elephant's Child September 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Exquisite in pink – making me rethink my stance about the colour…
    We have had the warmest winter on record – I do hope that it isn’t a foretaste of the summer to come. Enjoy your autumn.

  7. Merrill Ann Gonzales September 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Incredible photo, Mia… The other morning I woke up chilled to the bone… ended with a bit of hypothermia… I hate to do it but it looks like it’s time for artificial heat periodically.
    This photo is just stunning. So many thanks I can’t count them.

  8. Prairie Birder September 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia! The colors are so lovely!

  9. Stu September 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Wonderful lesson in aerodynamics from our little friend.. And a wonderful capture Mia. Love the colors

  10. biobabbler September 21, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I really enjoyed that story. =) It’s 48F this a.m. and I’m SO HAPPY! Heat is my least favorite season. I love the renewed excitement to DO THINGS that comes with less than HOT temperatures. This morning, for the first time in probably 6 months, I had the urge to bake bread. =)

    I LOVE the setting of that photo–of COURSE it’s a great capture of a super cool bird (the usual for you) but the background AND the 3 pink flowers lined up at the foot of the frame–WOW! Extra fabulous. Artistry. =) xoxo

  11. patty chadwick September 21, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Mia–you take… and share…such incredibly beautiful photos…love them all. The Florida ones bring back so many memories. Thank you for them.

  12. Montanagirl September 21, 2013 at 6:36 am

    P.S. Ooops – Meant to “Spectacular Photo”…a little typo there.

  13. Montanagirl September 21, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Spectular photo, Mia!

  14. eric c11 September 21, 2013 at 6:00 am

    hooo what a picture !! it s beautifull, and the pink bokeh is excellent, thanks mia to share this =))

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