26 Apr Blame Ross for This | April 2016
Blame Ross for This
We can blame Ross for this.
First, I’m responsible for the above photo (because I took it).
And Ross is responsible for everything else.
He ran a small ad in a birding magazine, which I saw in April 2014.
In response to that ad, I visited the web site. Then I phoned to speak with Ross.
A week later Ross asked me to speak at the 2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival on the topic: “How to Take Photos of Hummingbirds.”
I agreed. Now I needed a presentation plus more photos of hummingbirds. So I:
– Attended the 2014 Sedona Hummingbird Festival (and took more than 10,000 photos in hummingbird gardens).
– Spent three weeks in Arizona during April 2015 (where I took more than 20,000 photos).
– Prepared, tested, revised, tested, and revised my presentation (and took thousands more photos at home).
As a result, my presentation at the 2015 Sedona Hummingbird Festival delighted the audience with an educational celebration of hummingbird photography.
By the way, I owe you a bit more information.
Ross Hawkins is the remarkable man who founded the Hummingbird Society. He did this to: 1) Educate people about hummingbirds, and 2) Preserve endangered hummingbirds. I encourage you to learn more about this organization by clicking on the link below.
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is a major event. A thousand people gather to attend presentations, go on hummingbird garden tours, shop in the expo, and mingle with wonderful people. Many combine attendance at the Festival with a vacation in Sedona (imagine beautiful red rock landscapes).
The Rivoli’s Hummingbird looks like this when it’s in focus.
Rivoli’s Hummingbirds are difficult to photograph. They generally live in Southwestern forests at elevations of 5,000 – 9,000 ft (1,500 – 2,700 m). If they visit a feeder, they stay only seconds, unless they’re in a hurry. Otherwise, they feed on wildflowers and small bugs.
Taking a useable photo of the full gorget on the male is also rare. That’s because the bright gorget and the dark bird appear at the extremes of dynamic range.
This reminds us that our small actions can cause huge changes in other people’s lives.
Because of one man, I gained priceless friendships, wonderful memories, and rare photos.
I can thank Ross for this.
Help Birds Tip
If you set out hummingbird feeders:
1) Clean the feeders every 3 to 4 days.
2) Use a mix of one part Cane Sugar and four parts water. First boil the water and then add the Cane Sugar. (Important: Use only Cane Sugar and Water).
3) Do not use brown sugar. It contains iron, which is toxic to hummingbirds.
4) Do not use honey. It contains bacteria that is harmful to hummingbirds.
5) Never use dyes, preservatives, fragrances, flavors, vitamins, or artificial sweeteners. These are either toxic or unnecessary.
The Hummingbird Society – Organization dedicated to the preservation of hummingbirds
North American Hummingbirds, by George C. West – Outstanding book about hummingbirds
Steve Kaye’s Presentations – Learn more about my talks
Places to See Hummingbirds in Arizona
I’ve stayed at the following and recommend all of them.
Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast, Hereford, AZ
Casa de San Pedro, Hereford, AZ
Chuparosa Bed and Breakfast, Madera Canyon, AZ
Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon, AZ