To describe my lifelong fascination with flight and with creatures that fly I like to echo the words of John James Audubon who in 1839 wrote of himself as "...one who never can cease to admire and to study with zeal and the most heartfelt reverence, the wonderful productions of an Almighty Creator."
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Silvery Blue (underside)
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Violet-green Swallow in for the night
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Violet-green Swallow's feather day
The quality of this photo is poor, but the significance of the moment earned it a place on the blog. The female Violet-green Swallow brought in the first piece of nesting material today -- a feather. The same thing happened last year, but then no other feathers were brought in until the nest was almost complete. It appears to be symbolic, and her behavior seemed almost ritualistic.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Nene, at Kilauea
Monday, April 24, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Today as I was watching the action inside the Violet-green Swallows' nestbox, I saw a repeat of something I observed last year on May 1: The female swallow brought in a live insect (which appears to be a beetle) and released it. She soon left the nestbox, and when the beetle headed for the exit, too, I ran outside with my camera and took this shot of the head end before it went back into the box. The body is about 1/4 inch wide by 3/8 in. long. If anyone can tell me what kind it is, please let me know. I haven't been able to find it again, but it may still be inside.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
The Yellow-fronted Canary is one of many species introduced to Hawaii, in this case having been brought from Africa. For me it's never completely satisfying to see a bird outside of it's natural setting, even though like this canary it might be very attractive. Somehow the park along Waikiki Beach doesn't seem like an appropriate place for a bird that should be hunting for seeds in the open woodlands of Kenya.
Friday, April 21, 2006
I enjoyed some time "sea watching" yesterday on my free day in Hawaii. By chance a small group of Red-tailed Tropicbirds came close enough to give me some good looks, and this one took a good look at me as it cruised along the cliffs of eastern Oahu. That long tail seems to be useful as a rudder as the bird maneuvers in the strong, gusty wind, but does anyone really know what purpose the red color serves?
Monday, April 17, 2006
Red-footed Booby in flight
Violet and green
Saturday, April 15, 2006
It's a rainy spring day here in Oregon's Willamette Valley, and for a while this morning the female Violet-green Swallow came inside and crouched in a corner of the nestbox. At times she was apparently sleeping, with her bill tucked into the feathers on her back. Then at about 9:30 she departed, even though the rain was still falling outside.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Violet-green Swallow nestbox
A special day! The Violet-green Swallows came back to the nestbox where I've installed a new and better camera. The male and female were inside together for a few minutes, and seemed very much at home. The female appeared to be already shaping an imaginary nest cup in the same corner she used last year.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Monday, April 03, 2006
I've often noticed, during the spring pruning season, that birds seem to approach me more freely when I'm up in a tree than when I'm standing on the ground. Today I took both camera and clippers when I climbed my apple tree. It wasn't long until this Chestnut-backed Chickadee showed up to inspect my work.