Zenfolio | FRAN BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY | AUGUST WILDLIFE 2014
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Hello everyone! This month Harris and I photographed at Stone Harbor, Conneaut Ohio, and Penny Pack Trust. We saw some beautiful birds.
(I want to share with you an amusing story about something Harris and I witnessed while at Penny Pack. While sitting at our usual spot one morning, I noticed what I thought was an unusual sight. A tiny little hummingbird was hanging upside down on one of the nectar feeders. I had never seen one do this before (I thought maybe he was tired or sick), so I immediately began taking pictures of him. More interesting than the bird hanging upside down was that another little hummingbird that appeared to be gently nudging his little buddy to wake up and fly. He buzzed around so rapidly, and the whole scene looked so sweet to me that I assumed this had to be a very rare display of hummingbird compassion. So after getting home that day I decided to do a little research on what I photographed. I couldn't wait to verify what I thought I had seen up close. So I turned my computer on and did what any good detective would do–– I googled it. Imagine my surprise when I realized that I wasn't actually taking pictures of the sweet little scene I thought it was. It was more like I was forensic photographer taking pictures at a soon to be crime scene. The real story of what was happening was that hummingbirds hang upside down sometimes to conserve energy. Being the territorial birds that they are, they'll sometimes attack other hummingbirds that are weak and hanging upside down with the intention to kill them. So what I thought was a compassionate humming bird looking out for is birdy brother, was actually an extremely territorial fowl trying to kill his feathered friend. HA! I've got it all on my camera, and even though it wasn't the sweet scene I thought it was, it still made for some pretty cool pictures. :)
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AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER  F435-118BONAPARTE'S GULL  F431-054FIRST YEAR BONAPARTE'S GULL   F431-062CASPIAN TERN  F431-101COMMON TERN  F431-079LESSER YELLOWLEGS   F433-022GREATER YELLOWLEGS  F435-132LEAST SANDPIPER  F430-068LEAST SANDPIPER BATHING   F431-155PECTORAL SANDPIPER  F430-057PECTORAL SANDPIPER  FVE_3409SANDERLING  F435-168SANDERLING  F430-132RUDDY TURNSTONE  F423-057RED-NECKED PHPHALAROPE  F432-176RED-NECKED PHALAROPE   F432-071MALLARD DUCK  F431-196MALLARD DUCKS  FVE_4482PEREGRINE FALCON F434-467PEREGRINE FALCON 2

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