Seen out and about the container garden… butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.  The weather was gorgeous all last week - the garden was abuzz.   

Hummingbird Thuggery…

I’ve decided that Loki is the leader of a Hummingbird Gang.   My deck has been overrun by Hummingbirds who hang out, eat and I’m sure that if they had thumbs they’d sit on my couch and play Xbox.   

This is not Loki… I haven’t decided what to name him yet.  He’s taken to chillin’ like villain on the Shepard’s hook that holds his favorite feeder.   When other hummers approach the feeder he chases them off - with the exception of Loki who is quite a bit larger and doesn’t intimidate.   I now have 4 feeders out and it appears that each of the birds has a favorite feeder.  

Another of the plants I added to my container garden to attract Hummingbirds, Bees and Butterflies.  This is a Red Pentas.    I also added a pink Pentas to the mix.   

The picture looks odd because I forgot I had a polarizing filter on my 70-300 lens.

Another of the plants I added to my container garden to attract Hummingbirds, Bees and Butterflies. This is a Red Pentas. I also added a pink Pentas to the mix.

The picture looks odd because I forgot I had a polarizing filter on my 70-300 lens.

When I walked out onto the deck earlier this afternoon to check on the plants, the Demon Hummingbird buzzed into the area and just hovered about a foot away from me.   He (I’m convinced that it has to be a MALE) did a little dance that I am convinced was an interpretive version of the Monty Python bit “I wave my private parts in your general direction” before flying off.   I was armed with my Point and Shoot which turned out to be too slow to capture the little beast in pixels.   

Then he came back and hovered in front of me and I said: “Fiend.  I am going to go and get my DSLR and if you don’t want to spend your Autumn looking over your shoulder  waiting for me to jump out wearing a Ghillie Suit, you’ll come back so I can take your picture.”  Firmly convinced that he understood me, I grabbed my camera with my 55-250 lens and stalked back outside to wait for my Avian Nemesis. 

To my surprise, the little beast came back!   He came back and engaged in acts of wanton cuteness.  The first set of pictures I took were okay but not nearly close enough to be interesting.  After I gave my head a shake, I realized that I could zoom in to get close ups…  So I waited for Loki to make another appearance and he did not disappoint.    He appeared and the stars aligned.  I was there, the clouds cut down on the harsh afternoon light and it was lovely!!!   My garden is home to Hummingbirds!!   

Taken with my Canon Rebel T1i using my EFS 55-250MM lens

This is the spot where the Hummingbird I have named: “Loki, the Demon Hummingbird” appears when I am least prepared to take a photo of him.  

For example: 
1. I left the camera inside because I stepped outside to water my seedlings.  He hovered next to me for about a minute just taunting me. Then perched with a buddy on the edge of the feeder and took his time drinking up. 

I waited until the storm we were expecting rolled in for him to reappear. 

2. I had the camera but was facing the in the direction he appeared yesterday.  When I turned around, he flew off. 

3. I had the camera and was prepared so he flew across the deck at Kamikaze speed.  They really do make a humming sound when they are flying at that speed.

4.  I was not expecting him to appear at 1:00 - so he appeared twice and hovered for just a moment in a picture perfect pose that I had no hope of actually getting.  

Tonight I am going to be on the deck at 7PM with my DSLR ready for him to put in an appearance.  Now I am on a quest.

This is the spot where the Hummingbird I have named: “Loki, the Demon Hummingbird” appears when I am least prepared to take a photo of him.

For example:
1. I left the camera inside because I stepped outside to water my seedlings. He hovered next to me for about a minute just taunting me. Then perched with a buddy on the edge of the feeder and took his time drinking up.

I waited until the storm we were expecting rolled in for him to reappear.

2. I had the camera but was facing the in the direction he appeared yesterday. When I turned around, he flew off.

3. I had the camera and was prepared so he flew across the deck at Kamikaze speed. They really do make a humming sound when they are flying at that speed.

4. I was not expecting him to appear at 1:00 - so he appeared twice and hovered for just a moment in a picture perfect pose that I had no hope of actually getting.

Tonight I am going to be on the deck at 7PM with my DSLR ready for him to put in an appearance. Now I am on a quest.

I’m now working on adding flowers to attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies to my container garden.  Today just before a storm moved in I had 2 Hummingbirds!  I went inside for my camera then waited for 30 minutes to see if they would return… I would’ve waited longer, but a rain storm moved in.

I’ve also added solar lights to some of the containers - when the sun goes down, the deck looks like a wonderland.

Photo taken with my amazing Panasonic Lumix DSC-ZS20

I’m now working on adding flowers to attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies to my container garden. Today just before a storm moved in I had 2 Hummingbirds! I went inside for my camera then waited for 30 minutes to see if they would return… I would’ve waited longer, but a rain storm moved in.

I’ve also added solar lights to some of the containers - when the sun goes down, the deck looks like a wonderland.

Photo taken with my amazing Panasonic Lumix DSC-ZS20