Wednesday, August 30, 2006

ENV: The Black Sun

Anyone who has spent time watching the vast open fields and marshes of wintertime Texas has seen this wonderful effect, albeit with Red-winged Blackbirds. I consider it one of the great pleasures of birding, and one of its great mysteries (and frankly, i'd like to see some of these beautiful mysteries left unsolved . . .). What i have not seen before are photographs that catch it in such a way as to create such frisson. I tihnk i can trace this posting to Japan (though the content is hosted on a US server), so i presume the identification is correct, but honestly do not think it matters.

The Black Sun

In other local news, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have outnumbered the Black-chins by over 2-1 for about a week now. In fact, i haven't seen a male Black-chin for over a week. The male Ruby-throats meanwhile are in fine, fine plumage. Have had one or two Rufous Hummers off and on in the last two weeks (making five species at my feeders in just four months since i've put them up).

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