December 20, 2014 Quartzsite, Arizona

Female Anna's hummingbird
Female Anna’s hummingbird

Wonderful New Neighbors

Gave the dogs a long needed bath, then packed up and left Shady Lane RV Park around 10 AM and headed south down Route 95 to the 14 day BLM area at Mile Marker 99, drove in about a 1/2 mile and set up camp next to a wash and a group of saguaros.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

hummingbirds
Welcome visitors

Set out the hummingbird feeder on one of the windshield wipers as soon as I arrived and was all but immediately greeted by several hummingbirds.

Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird
Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird
Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird

I am amazed that out here in this stark desert environment, without a single shrub flowering or any flowers in bloom, that these guys can be thriving as they seem to be. What do they subsist on when there doesn’t appear to be any nectar to gather, other than that from people camping out here and putting out feeders?

Female Anna's hummingbird
Female Anna’s hummingbird
Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird

Well, however they survive, I for one am awfully glad they are here, it has been quite a while since I have been able to do some bird photography, and I really enjoy trying to capture these little guys.

Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird

These guys were all shot through the front windshield with my 200 – 400mm lens, while I relaxed in my recliner. Thus they aren’t as sharp as I might like and the colors are dimmed and greened by the windshield, so tomorrow I will try and get serious and set up the feeder out in the wash I am parked next to and try and get some good stuff ( hopefully ).

South Quartzsite Sunset
South Quartzsite Sunset
South Quartzsite Sunset
South Quartzsite Sunset
South Quartzsite Sunset
South Quartzsite Sunset

A fairly dramatic sunset this evening as well, I think I am going to like it here!

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3 thoughts on “December 20, 2014 Quartzsite, Arizona”

  1. Wonderful hummingbird photos, Bob! I never would have guessed that you took them through the windshield. I really like the lack of a background too. I hope you and the girls are having a nice Christmas out there in the West.

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