Ruby throated hummingbirds

The ruby-throated (Archilochus colubris) is the only hummingbird species we get in this part of the world.  That’s pretty good compared to Australia, which doesn’t have ANY hummingbirds, but not so good compared to Colombia, which has 162 species.  (Colombia has the highest hummingbird diversity in the world and when I was there, I only saw ONE hummingbird. 😦 )

We may only have one species, but it’s a lovely one.  I stood around at my friend’s feeder for the better part of an hour trying to get some good shots of the hummers…these are the ones I thought you might like!

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Male

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Female, and before you ask, no I don’t know what is on her bill.  I’m guessing pollen?

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The iridescent neck patch doesn’t look very exciting when there’s no light.

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Context shot? Sometimes I have to resist my natural inclination to zoom in as much as possible on EVERYTHING.

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Flying!

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YAWN

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You wouldn’t believe how many shots I got of this feeder.

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“We’re too fast for you, SOIMF!”  😛

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Mood lighting on Pollen lady again.

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CLOSE UP ON EVERYTHING

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Even hummingbirds have trouble balancing some days.

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4 thoughts on “Ruby throated hummingbirds

  1. Australia may have no hummingbirds but it does have lots of honeyeaters and other pollinating birds. Plus a bunch of pollinating marsupials – beat that Colombia! 🙂

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