Dave thanks for the new thread and for the awesome shots of the beautiful Hummers. All the shots are just gorgeous and sure would have a hard time trying to pick a favorite!
Today has been dark and rainy so once again I hope the quantity makes up for the lack of quality!! We had lots of Hummers this morning but it seems that they are just filling up and leaving as the feeders are not emptying out as fast.
I did love, the mad expression too, on the last thread. Showed personality.
In this pic, I had move the feeder, and he had a hard time to find it. So he stuck his head in this flower instead, to try to reach for the food. They are not usually attracted to this flower, because, they have to reach to far in, to get the nectar. He must of been hungry enough to do it. :))
Nice shots Burn...I have noticed that the Hummers will not eat from the Mandivilla! One of the few flowering plants that they don't care for.
GP...yes it is a great place to hang out here on the farm. Been here over 28 years and it sure has taken a long time to discover just how great it is!!
We still have several Hummers this morning but it looks like they are continuing to eat and run.
From all that I am reading they are indeed about a month early in migrating this year...I guess that is an indication of an early fall.?!
I read something interesting about oil-rig workers in the Gulf putting out feeders for the traveling Hummers. My heart swells just thinking about them finding refuge and food on the long journey across the ocean. From what I understand the workers do this during the Spring and Fall migration. Very heart warming...
It is too overcast today so I will share a comical shot from the other day.
Here's the one I saw today. I was laying in the hammock (YES, really) and looking through the camera at a goldfinch that had landed on these flowers. Then I saw the hummingbird! So I snapped away. Pretty good for far away and laying in a hammock!
LOL. WELL! As I was telling Margaret. My plan was really not to photograph hummingbirds from the hammock. However, the female Redstart had been back to visit and I was trying to get a picture of her. Since she was up in the trees, I thought I'd best get under them and that I'd kind of hide in the hammock! I didn't fool her I guess.
I'm so happy right now, I can't make myself leave the backporch. All year I've had a few rubys at a time, but right now it's like rubypalooza! I have 6 feeders, but they all want to be on the same two. Has anyone ever been impaled by a hummer? I could see how it could happen. I have up to 10 rubys, males and females, just on these two feeders sharing and chasing each other. Very awesome. I think my landscaping project paid off:)
My first wife thought I had a money tree on the back 40. The second did not care if I had a money tree or not. She just spent everything I had and more. Did someone ask why I am not married? That is why I now enjoy the simple things in life like watching Humming birds.
I spent some time trying to stalk a visitor on Saturday. I realized that if I put the settings on Automatic, they were really blown out. So I switched to manual. I'd have to drop the exposure compensation by 2 points at least to use automatic otherwise.
You should have more stragglers coming through Burd.
Another hummingbird with a badly injured beak. Looks like the tongue is exposed in the middle where the beak should be and part of the beak is broken off at the front. He is doing great though, he is a tough young guy guarding any yard plants from other hummers. :-) He does not use feeders.