This Black-capped Chickadee
apparently dropping down in mid-flight is frozen in time at 1/8000
of a second! This is a view we could never see with the naked eye. These images are all thanks to a very determined, patient and talented nature photographer named Roy Hancliff.
This is your ordinary House Finch
(that little sparrow-like bird with the reddish head that are all over the place, if you look outside) who becomes extraordinary when caught in 1/8000 of a second by Roy in his backyard garden in British Columbia. My friend Jill, who’s a talented photographer herself, sent me the news article with these photos
. (Yes, she’s the same “amazing” Jill, with the “helpful husband,” who has the whimsical mermaid garden
featured in one of my previous posts.)
Hancliff uses a super snazzy camera (some gazillion-dollar Nikon) and says he has captured scenes like this pair of Pine Siskins
in a mid-air battle that otherwise have never been seen. Hancliff says he waits for hours in the freezing cold, crouching behind a camouflaged igloo in his garden, in order to capture these moments.
Here’s another shot of those Pine Siskins duking it out in mid-air.
Who doesn’t want to see those wings in stop-motion, at least for 1/8000th of a second? Roy apparently draws this amazing variety of birds to his backyard garden in Okanagan, B.C., by feeding them copious amount of seed. This is a Rufous Hummingbird
, according to Len Gardner, a super-helpful naturalist from Orange County, California.
Their wings beat at about 90 flaps a second, so you do the math. Len says this is a Calliope Hummingbird
How else would you ever get to see the beautiful symmetry of a hummingbird in dive-bomb mode? Look at the detail on this guy’s back wings! This is another Rufous Hummingbird
I will never think of a Steller’s Jay
as pesky again. To get these crisp, uncluttered backgrounds, Roy painted large backdrops that he hung behind his garden.
This is a Northern Flicker
. Besides the stunning color and razor-sharp details, I can’t believe how Roy managed to capture this gorgeous bird head-on like this.
An Osprey. I wonder why when frozen in time like this these birds take on an unreal quality?