Thursday, May 28, 2009

Quite The Ruby Throat...

Here's the male hummingbird grabbing a quick snack while the female isn't around, it's easy to see how they got their name. The feeder was empty the other day so I brought it in to fill it. When I brought it back out the male was hovering around looking for it. When it spotted me it came over and landed on the feeder and started drinking while I was still holding it. It was quite something to see a hummer that close.

19 comments:

Eve said...

Beautiful John! We have been sitting on our porch totally amused by the antics of our at least 4 hummingbirds (3 females and one male). I did try to get a decent shot but no luck yet. They don't seem to be as tame as the northern clan! But they are getting used to us now and wont scare so easily. Keep that feeder full and wear safety glasses!!!

Arija said...

It wasn't the food at all, just your mafnetic personality John. What a splendid little fellow with his red muffler and gorgeous plumage. Next thing you'll be attracting flocks of them.

Dale Forbes said...

that hummer is stunning.
we have no nectarivorous birds in the Alps, I miss them.

What do you feed them, btw?

JPT said...

Beautiful bird - I'm pretty sure we don't have any Humming Birds in Britain, shame.

Steve B said...

I'd be careful around the female too! THAT'S HER FEEDER!

This is the best shot of a Ruby-throat's throad that I've ever seen.
: )

hip chick said...

Beautiful.

Debbie Hartmann said...

I have never seen a shot of a humming bird so "still"... so it is great to see a shot of one by a photographer I admire!

Andy said...

Great shot, It always amazes me that some birds can be so brave.

T and S said...

Spectacular image of a stunning beauty. I loved this image.

Roy said...

A fascinating image John. The red collar what an amazing sight.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

I don't think I have seen a hummingbird here in Australia. Kookaburra yes, but am sure our icon is more noisy than your hummingbird because Kooks do have a raucous laugh. Beautiful red scarf she wears.

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Mary said...

Wonderful! They do get very attached to "their" feeders. I'm not seeing any regularly. For some reason they don't get real active here until July.

Cathy B. said...

Superbe oiseau et superbe photo en gros plan: belle construction d'image, avec le collier rouge du colibri qui répond au rouge de la mangeoire :-)Beautifull bird and fascinating close-up image. Great picture's construction: red collar in harmony with bird table.

Tom said...

John, I love that Bokeh- What focal lenght/aperature lens do you use for your hummer shots?

Tom

MaineBirder said...

Bravo John! Excellent photo!

Stacey Huston said...

Great shot. stunning color..strange to see the female (last post) being the mean one, asit is usually the males that are soo agressive.

SweetAnnee said...

Oh My Gosh..that is ONE awesome photo..woohoo.
thanks for sharing John..

Deena

dAwN said...

Great photos you have on your blog..
I just added you to my blogroll! I hope to come back and visit again.

Christopher from Picus blog and I are planning a Birders who blog get together June 13th Plum Island
Let us know if you are interested or if you know other Bird/nature bloggers from the area that might be.
thanks

http://www.picusblog.com/2009/05/bird-bloggertwittererchirper-field-trip.html

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