Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Allen's Hummingbird, California

I stopped in California en route to visit family in Australia this past December and basically found Allen's Hummingbirds all over the place in the LA area - many of them pugnacious males apparently staking out some sort of territory.  This bird was at Madrona Marsh in Torrance and allowed me to approach slowly while eyeing me warily.  I was testing out the Tamron 100-600 zoom at the time, and the light conditions were marginal.  I have mixed feelings about this lens but this came out quite well under the circumstances.

I probably saw more Allen's on the few days bracketed either side of my Oz flights than I had in all previous visits combined.

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