Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hummingbirds in Action

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My husband and photographer, Douglas Kerr, sat on our couch in the living room and shot pictures of local hummingbirds feeding and flying around our patio. We have each experienced them flying about our heads as we filled the bird bath or did other chores on the patio. One day when I went out the patio door, I spied a hummer sitting on the bird feeder with his head down, sound asleep. Guess he got too full to fly. Unfortunately, he heard me and flew away before a camera could be located.

This hummer appears to really be enjoying the nectar
We weren't sure, but we suspected this was a mating ritual
What an amazing little creature
We aren't sure what type of hummers these are, but they have tan, black and white tail feathers
Here is an even better display of the tail feathers
At times they do seem to look like little angels
Coming in for a snack
His siphon is almost as long as he is
Almost like filling up a gasoline tank in a reverse manner
We had a terrible time with bees and they ran the hummers off. I found the yellow inserts you see on the feeder that block the bees. Also, these teeny-tiny ants came out of nowhere and, although you can't see it here, we found something on the Internet that blocks the ants because of an odor the ants don't like at all. It simply hangs above the feeder and the feeder hangs on it. Our hummers are happy and have returned in force.

Thanks, Doug, for the wonderful photos.

This is all I have to say for now.

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