The first half of February has been great for watching birds in the yard. Since a picture's worth a thousand words, I'll post photos and forgo the words for this posting of "Camera Critters." (Well, most of the words.)
I'm pretty sure that just one round blue-black berry in the Cedar Waxwing's mouth is worth 900 words.
The other hundred would be dedicated to describing the exquisiteness of feathers that look as if the ends were dipped in pots of brightly colored wax. Or the sleekness of a black mask outlined in white.
Altamira Orioles can be enthusiastic and somewhat messy eaters when slurping nectar from a hummingbird feeder (click to enlarge if you can't see the sugar water he's slinging about)
or gobbling pulp from orange halves on an icy morning.
If you think this Northern Cardinal was enjoying his dip in the saucer bath,
you should have seen this one!
And if you think the cardinals splashed a little water out of the tub,
you should have seen the Green Jays!
Before this Golden Fronted Woodpecker found two fresh orange halves on the south deck,
she had passed up the frozen ones on the north side of the house!
A year-round resident of our back yard, it's safe to say she had never before seen an ice storm in Arroyo City--and neither had we!
I'm sure this Northern Mockingbird appreciated the oranges we put out for him,
but he sure looks angry about the ice on his tail!
I'm just an amateur photographer with a point and shoot camera, but the subjects of my photographs more than makeup for my lack of professional skill. If you focus on the birds and not my fuzzy focus, I think you'll like the critters I share a yard with here on the banks of the Arroyo Colorado.
To see other "Camera Critters," check out this blog where some really fine photographers have posted their photos.