Black Chinned Hummingbird

I attended an art fair in Salida, Colorado in 2009. Outside our motel room there were several hummingbird feeders. Early one morning I was able to photograph these little birds as they fed from one of the feeders. We have ruby throated hummingbirds in Central Illinois where I live but I haven’t been able to get a really good picture of one of them.

The Black-chinned Hummingbird is a habitat generalist, found in the western United States in lowland deserts and mountainous forests, and in natural habitats and very urbanized areas as long as there are tall trees and flowering shrubs and vines.

Black Chinned Hummingbird

Black Chinned Hummingbird

Predators

Went out to my car one afternoon last fall and notice something large in my yard. I realized it was a Cooper’s Hawk. I went back into my house to grab my camera, only to realize the long lens was in the camera case and the battery was on the charger. I hurriedly put it together and luckily he was still there when I went back outside. The picture isn’t the greatest, but it was a once in a lifetime shot!

Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII

Art of the Animal Kingdom is an invitational juried exhibit hosted each year by the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont. Artists are invited by the Center to submit work, and the submissions are then juried by a guest artist into the show. Being invited doesn’t ensure an artist’s place in the exhibit.

Tasty Morsel

This was my first year to be invited and my painting, TASTY MORSEL was juried into the exhibit, which opened June 15th and will run through August 25, 2013. I am very honored to be a part of this prestigious exhibit.

[Copyright 2013 – Marti Millington]