This painting is from a reference photo I took last September. About the end of September and into early October the Hummingbirds begin their migration south. It's a long journey and their feeders stay up until late in October, for any late comers. It's always a joy to see them again in the spring, I haven't seen any yet, but maybe soon.
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This little Chipping Sparrow was a little windblown, but seemed not to mind as he eyed the feeder brimming over with sunflower seeds and dried berries. I sit out on the deck very early in the morning; the birds are used to seeing me there, and will grab a seed and quickly fly off. Sometimes, the young ones are not so afraid and will sit and not be bothered by my presence. The Chickadees do not care if I'm there, they seem fearless to me, they grab a sunflower seed and sit on a nearby branch and peck at it to break the shell. I enjoy these early morning bird watching moments, not a sound except for the tweeting of the birds.
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So this is the story of Bella, an Allen's Hummingbird that I painted from a live stream. It took me three days of observing and trying to manage the changing light. What an experience. As for Bella, as I write this around noon on Wednesday, she now has her babies. You can watch her by following the link. I should note that I wrote an email to explore.org to ask them if it was a copyright infringement to paint from a live feed, and they were extremely nice and told me it was not. So here she is, Mama Bella. :) Many thanks to explore.org for posting this little bird!