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Hummingbird

This is a picture I took in 2005. The colors are so different from most that I see. According to my bird book, appears to be a rufous hummingbird that was probably just migrating through to Mexico but could also be an allens hummingbird...neither one would be common for my area.



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What a brilliant picture, well done!

14 Nov, 2008

 

Good photo.
Interesting colours :o)

14 Nov, 2008

 

Thanks, TT and Pptr, I took this late evening when it was semi dark so I wasn't sure the picture would even be good...he didn't seem to care that I was standing there...he was very tiny

14 Nov, 2008

 

Skippy ~ how tiny ?
If you were guessing in inches ?

14 Nov, 2008

 

8-9 cm that's why I thought it might be an Allen's but the size difference is very minimal between the two..the rufous is 9-10cm I didn't have my tape measure and I could not determine the color of the back of the head and body so....it's one or the other...(hehe) It's a wonder my camera was able to capture it at all...but I was pretty close and he didn't seem to mind the flash

14 Nov, 2008

 

Beautiful shot Skippy.... lucky your quick on the button

14 Nov, 2008

 

Great photo Skippy

14 Nov, 2008

 

Lovely shot Skippy like little flying jewels.

14 Nov, 2008

 

Beautiful pic Skippy, such wonderful little creatures......it's a joy to see them on this site.

14 Nov, 2008

 

I love to watch the other ones which visit regularly...thanks for all your comments

15 Nov, 2008

 

Great shot Skippy! He's very different than the ones I get.

15 Nov, 2008

 

Superb

15 Nov, 2008

 

Wow, that was a tiny Hummingbird.
You did well to get the lovely photo :o)

15 Nov, 2008

 

Lovely photo Skippy. You've captured him perfectly. He looks like a rufous hummer to me. They are mostly all we get around here. An occasional Caliope but all the rest are Rufous. They disappear from around here in September and we won't see them back until about May. Now I know where they go!!!

20 Nov, 2008

 

Thanks Gilli, when I looked it up the book did say they were normally indigenous to Canada.

20 Nov, 2008

 

They are very bold little things. They don't seem to mind you standing close to where they are feeding. In my last house they used to fly around me as I refilled the feeder. I love them.

20 Nov, 2008

 

very good it must have taken you a long while to get that

23 Nov, 2008

 

Great pic, must have been a fast shutter,

25 Nov, 2008

 

I don't know much about shutter speeds and such. I probably got this by accident....the camera did all the work,FF.... It was almost dark outside Donna so I just took a few shots and this one turned out best

25 Nov, 2008

 

Nah, I think skippy just found a dead one, had it stuffed then took a cheat picture. Just like I did with my mole. Hummnbird picture.

I must add a taxidermy note. I had a VERY bad hiking date in CO. Long story, made short. I dropped her off to get her NAILS down for Christ sake and I meandered up to an antique store. The owner was a small gal, pregnant and we began to talk.

I happened to mention the date. She asks, "Where is she?" I pointed down the road and said ... I dropped her off down there. They said they should be finished in a few hours. That's why I here.

What I had pointed to was the local taxidermy place, which hid the beauty salon just behind.

She actually turned white, and started to look for some protective piece of weaponry. I have that way with women!

Actually, upon reflection I think that an odd pair of business to be next to each other. Then again, the weather in AZ and the deserts of CO, do that to their women. It is a close call to which one you would send your wife too!

I know that Skippy is not like that.

7 Dec, 2008

 

Gosh...you have a story for everything....can't even respond to this one...
In fact, this hummingbird is found in lower west Canada and most of Washington...maybe you have seen one?

8 Dec, 2008

 

Yes we do.

And my best add to the hummingbird story is one that Mary Ann gave me. She is a local gardener and a long best friend. She did the rock wall I posted.

Mary Ann related an instance of seeing a SWARM of hummingbirds fly across her place. I am talking about a small cloudl Like a bee swarm. I have never heard of, or ever have seen such a thing.

I know Mary Ann and take it for the truth. She was a former teacher and would always chid me for my errors. She would never embellish. Sometimes I do.

My only follow up ... and it should be in small print. I had a similar rare adventure.In Santa Cruz, CA. I was hired to help demolish a block of very old houses. No great discoveries were ever found. but in one.... I entered a room, slammed through a wall and a CLOUD or FLEAS attacked me. I mean a CLOUD. That was my curtain call to that days job. The supervisor accepted my early withdrawal. I don't remember what happened next.

Skippy, that CO.adventure was only the beginning of the word BAD. In a ten fingerhold salute, nine would be articulated back to my wrists. Only one would stay vertical.Even my Gay friends in Pt. Townsend awarded me pity awards

Herb

I think I am saving this sucker. There is so much more.

9 Dec, 2008

 

it's very much like the hummers we get here each summer, Skippy, which are Rufous and Allen's. But it's hard to tell the difference. I think the female rufous have white spots on the tail feathers, but I don't see any sign of this on this photo.

1 May, 2009



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