Eagles & Hummingbids Arriving

In the world of bird watching, size makes a dramatic difference.

Huge raptors -- like our area’s native bald eagles -- command attention with their majestic wingspans and soaring spirals across the sky. Tiny hummingbirds enchant us instead with their closeup antics at every available blossom, and that singular ability to hover using a pair of impossibly blurred wings.

Science educator Gene Weinstein mastered, over many years, the art of photographing both ends of this size spectrum. Now, his images of eagles and hummingbirds alike make up a new exhibition -- Feathers Massive, Feathers Micro -- here at The House. It all takes flight with an opening reception on Sept. 20, from 2-5 pm, after which doors will be open from noon-4 pm on weekends through Oct. 18.

“Bald eagles are the nation’s symbol for good reason,” says Weinstein. “With that exquisite seven-foot wingspan, and impressive feather and color pattern, they perfectly represent strength, durability and freedom.” And they're best photographed in winter.

And as a perfect contrast to eagles, which might be 2,000 times their body weight, hummingbirds were perfect for summer observation. Locally, it's the ruby-throated species. While a bald eagle might ride air currents for hours with barely a twitch of wing or tail, ruby-throats will flap their wings 90 times per second (during courtship even faster) while hanging above a flower sipping nectar. Even a moderate shutter speed simply won’t stop such rapid action.

For more info, check out our "Events and Exhibits " page.