|Praying Mantis in our garden|
Now I know it doesn't seem apparent but I have actually taken a break from chasing birds. I've just planned out my posts until I get back on the road again which will be soon. The fact of the matter is that I needed to take a break about 4 months ago! I don't know how people with Big Years do it! There will always be rare birds flying in and out of the state. Sometimes, I just have to sit back and say, "Time out." And I'm actually okay with it this time. I like taking a stroll and counting birds without feeling that anxiety of dipping on a bird.
Surprisingly enough that is when I found another lifebird.....the MacGillvray's Warbler. I was at a picnic table just sitting and watching several tiny birds flitting around on the ground. This bird gave for a good show and got me a bit excited:) It was nice just to see it as I saw it and not follow a report.
There are plenty of distractions like seeing a bat fly around during daylight hours. It only did so because a Gila Woodpecker was bugging it's sleeping spot. Sometimes it's about knowing our own birds well. It's fun to observe wildlife.
So while I am taking a break, I've been putting together several photo essays dealing with black birds, hummingbird migration, warblers, and kingbirds. There are several more posts from Guatemala, New Mexico, Colorado, Wisconsin and Northern Arizona coming up. As you can see, a break was needed.
This video was taken in Tucson, Arizona by a resident. You can see why the hummingbirds are stand offish at the feeders. At about 2:25, the Mantis captures a bee coming to a feeder. It's amazing the battles that can happen right outside of our windows. I love hummingbirds and I love the mantis but I don't like these intelligent insects around my feeders:) Thankfully they only show up during the monsoon season:) Much more coming up! Until next time......
i knew that about the praying mantis and i shoo them off my hummer feeders when i see them.ReplyDelete
You're amusing friend Kreesh! I think you're not only a birder now, but a fanatic, hahaha! Isn't your descriptions what people in the US call OC? But at least you still was able to see the praying mantis to attract your camera. And thanks for letting us know they eat bees too, i thought they only eat my enemies!ReplyDelete
Your pictures are so beautiful .. I like the green man (insect) = 0) .. You are a fantastic place .. it's wonderful that you share your experience and photos with us (bloggers)ReplyDelete
Espectacular la Mantis.. Un saludillo..ReplyDelete
I think I agree with Andrea above, you are becoming fanatic about birding. I do not see praying mantis often and I glad I read your post. Poor Hummingbirds. Love the warbler, Chris!ReplyDelete
Great video Chris - not having hummingbirds over here you forget how tiny they are. Poor bee but glad hummingbirds weren't caught!!ReplyDelete
I had heard that about Mantis eating hummers. Seems hard to believe. Like a hummer could just flick that stick bug right off the feeder.ReplyDelete
When no looking for it, something appears.
HI Chris Loved the video. We don't have Hummingbirds so always nice to see them.ReplyDelete
If you feel that you need to take a break in deep obserwcji birds, then do it. When passion becomes a duty, it is no longer interesting, Lovely is the video. I feel sorry for the hummingbird, because so much was flying, and did not benefit from a tray of food. Yours.ReplyDelete
Just the thought that the Mantis could eat the Hummer made me watch the vídeo through my fingers.Great captures again,.. especially the bat!ReplyDelete
I didn't know that praying mantis killed hummers. I have one hanging out by my little rose bushes that are getting gobbled up by bugs.ReplyDelete
Never knew that a Mantis could take a Hummer!! I know that these are (mainly) exremely small birds, and that's a relatively big insect, but I find it amazing. That video is a real eye-opener.ReplyDelete
.... and a Bat in the daytime too!!!
A great post for getting the brain cells working! Thank you Chris.
A birding break is good for the body and soul and soon you will be refreshed and in the mood again!ReplyDelete
The photos are beautiful!ReplyDelete
Greetings, RW & SK