Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ooooooooooh my

I finally got to use my lens the way I wanted to.  This little female ruby throat is fattening up for her migration




Filling up




Male cardinal




Click on this picture and tell me what you think is going on with his feathers




We're supposed to get a frost tomorrow, so I went ahead and picked the biggest ones left in the garden

8 comments:

becky3086 said...

Looks like the cardinal is molting to me.

Out on the prairie said...

I agree with Becky. Here the goldfinches molt and get a grey winter color.Great lens, you got a fun shot on the hummer.

floweringmama said...

Ok, so I need to google "molting". I've heard of it, but not sure what it is....
Thanks everyone!

Jean said...

Cathy, You got really fantastic captures with your new lens! Love the fat Hummer shots. Yep...the male Cardinal is molting. I have seen this often. All birds "molt". They are replacing old feathers with brand new ones. Some birds will look rougher than others. Your Cardinal will look great again soon.
What? You are already having frost? Is this early for your area?

floweringmama said...

Well, I don't guess I've ever had a lens strong enough to see the birds molting. Yep, this is early for us to have a frost. I cooked up my 'mater tonight and got a gallon bag of juice in the freezer. I've already put away my canning supplies for the year. It's supposed to be be back up into the normal temps this week, though.

Dawn said...

These are GREAT!
Don't those guys just make you smile???
And those apples you picked would make me smile too:)
Great photography )and picking:)

floweringmama said...

LOLOL, I had to go back and look for the apples........ those were my green 'maters. I shoulda clarified that!!

Sandra said...

Your lovely photos remind me...I need to take down the hummingbird feeders. They are long gone and the Canada Geese have returned.