Backyard Nature Photography

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By Chuck Cagara

While working from home, I ran into a few backyard "neighbors." And all practicing social distancing, of course!

First, a young brush rabbit was enjoying a tasty breakfast. Then, a Rufous Hummingbird displayed colorful tail feathers while being cleared for landing. Finally, this young opossum didn't expect to find me standing there when he or she popped up from under some boards.

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ACF Apr 01, 2020 01:43 PM
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Rufous hummingbirds pass through S.B. in spring and fall as they migrate. They do not have a green back (as Allen's do). They are also very aggressive and will menace our local hummers. They are fun!

Hammonds Hound Mar 31, 2020 03:26 PM
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Thank you Chuck for brightening up my day. Much appreciated!

Alexblue Mar 31, 2020 12:16 PM
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All very nice, the hummingbird shot is particularly gorgeous, IMO.

a-1590526182 Mar 31, 2020 11:54 AM
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I saw a spectacular rufous at my feeder yesterday. First time ever. It wasn't Allen's which I see often.

SantaBarbaraObserver Mar 31, 2020 10:02 AM
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Nice composition but please leave the color adjustments alone. Especially the Vivid and Saturation settings. They ruin what would otherwise be nice images with unnatural and displeasing colors and contrast.

a-1590526182 Mar 31, 2020 11:46 AM
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Nothing ruined here. Apply your judgements and preferences to your own photos and don't troll those who want to share something uplifting with us.

crackpot Mar 31, 2020 10:24 AM
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Ansel hated that saturation setting so much he set it to zero! ;-)

Curmudgeon Mar 31, 2020 10:23 AM
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OBSERVER - Thanks for the input. Are you viewing on an older or uncalibrated monitor?

popcorn Mar 31, 2020 08:40 AM
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Thanks for the wonderful photos, Chuck! I've slowed down on my daily walks recently, stopping to check out spectacular wisteria, watch a mockingbird sing his heart out or get mesmerized by the patterns of flowing water = I am enjoying seeing nature in a deeper way ;-} Google "Cornell Lab How Birds Make Colorful Feathers" for an interesting read

Curmudgeon Mar 31, 2020 09:24 AM
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POPCORN - Good for you on the slower-paced walks. As Thoreau wrote, "Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify." I subscribe to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology newsletter and find many fascinating tidbits such as you point out.

Minibeast Mar 30, 2020 10:25 PM
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Terrific photos. I especially like the Opossum closeup. As for your Hummer visitor: The Rufous and Allen's hummingbird species are extremely difficult to distinguish from one another. The tailfeathers are the best way to tell them apart. Your photo makes it easy. You have shown us an Allen's. " The Rufous hummingbird has a notch in the second (from center) tail feather."------------https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/story/2019-11-14/two-hummingbird-species-hard-to-tell-apart----------------------------------Please keep these outstanding photos coming.

Minibeast Mar 31, 2020 12:53 PM
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CURMUDGEON. The Echium is going into full bloom right now all around Santa Barbara. That should make for some very happy hummers. I love and admire your photos, but like SBOBSERVER, I prefer the non-saturated pics. The profiled hummer looks, on my screen, overly adjusted. (MacBook Air user.) **That shot of the Allen's in flight is spectacular.** I love it. Please show us more, more, more.

crackpot Mar 31, 2020 11:56 AM
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It seems to me the Rufous are brown and the Anna’s have green backs. Is that wrong?

Curmudgeon Mar 30, 2020 10:54 PM
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MINIBEAST - Thanks for the comments and the I.D. lesson. Appreciated. However, there are also Rufous hummers around the feeder. In another unposted photo taken from directly behind the bird, the tail feathers were fully fanned and the notch can easily be seen.

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