Monday, April 1, 2013
Grand Canyon Hummingbird and Bird Photography Workshop
This hummingbird was enjoying an early morning visit to a patch of wild penstemon near Cape Royal on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I had stopped to photograph the beautiful red flowers. As I was setting up a composition, I heard a faint helicopter like buzz, just above my head. Suspecting a hummingbird, I slowly moved to a better position to spot the tiny bird. Sitting still for a few minutes, I watched the hummingbird set up a pattern of feeding on the penstemon, chasing off another hummingbird, sitting in a tree and feeding all over again. Being patient, I was able to make a few nice images of the hummingbird when it flew within a few feet of me. After a few minutes, I waited until the hummingbird flew into a nearby tree and I quietly left the penstemon patch.
This was yet another exciting moment on my journey to the North Rim. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I was truly surprised with the mountainous forest vegetation that is on the North Rim. I truly expected it to be a desert. Instead, I found an oasis in the upper elevations that resembled the Rockies. Finding this hummingbird was truly a delight!
On May 9 and 11, I will be teaching a two part workshop on bird photography for the North River Wildlife Sanctuary of the Massachusetts Audubon in Marshfield. The workshop will meet at the North River Sanctuary on May 9 from 6-8PM. It will meet at the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary on May 11, from 7-9AM. The fee for both sessions is $25 for Audubon members and $30 for non-members. You can find out more about the workshops at my earlier blog post http://blog.greglessardphotography.com/2013/03/spring-bird-photography-workshop.html You can sign up for the workshop by calling the North River Sanctuary at 781 837 9400.