Friday, August 9, 2013

The Hummingbird Days of Summer

Breeding season is coming to a close for hummingbirds in our area, except for a few late nesters.  Lots of juveniles are visiting the feeders and hummingbirds from northern areas are starting to migrate.  This is when activity at nectar feeders and in gardens becomes very busy and its also my favorite time to paint hummingbirds!
The above hummingbird visiting a black and blue salvia is one of my sketches this season.
Below, a male hummingbird visits the black and blue blossoms.  (Some varieties are the deep blue below, others look deep purple.)

Besides enjoying myself, I'm getting ready for the Wonder of Hummingbird Festival in Knoxville, TN, August 24th at Ijams Nature Center.  We will be celebrating hummingbirds and their migration with Mark Armstrong, Master Bander, who will demonstrate how he bands hummingbirds so scientists can discover more about the health and behavior of the population.

Visit this link to find out more about the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival.

To see images of a hummingbird releasing pollin from a cardinal flower visit my post:  Hummingbirds, Pollination and Knoxville's Hummingbird Festival
To see more about hummingbird banding visit this link.
Enjoy my attempt to sketch moving hummingbirds and to capture movement and light in watercolor in these hummingbird posts.

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