Hummingbird Pictures from Behind

August 13th, 2008

Hummingbirds have invaded my yard over the past few weeks.  I’m really excited about these beautiful birds.  Greens, browns, and reds have been buzzing around my yard.  Laying outside with my baby, we’ve listened as they sing, and watched as they flit from red flower to red flower in search of a meal.  Of course, they’ve also been visiting our hummingbird feeder.  One hummer has decided the he owns our feeder, and when others try to stop for a snack, it swoops down and chases them off.  Despite his best efforts, he cannot guard our hummingbird feeder all day, and other visitors have been able to perch and eat.

I tried hanging my BirdCam, as this provided the best location for photographing my feeder.  But, this was less than successful.  It seems that swaying in the wind has confused the BirdCam, and I’ve had many false positives.  I’ve been extremely impressed by this camera’s accuracy at determining when a bird is present.  It seems that the camera must be firmly mounted to do so.  Lesson learned.

Hummingbirds have been on my mind.  Our store is running a sale on hummingbird feeders.  They are flying and humming around my yard like mad.  And my daughter and I have been enjoying their presence immensly.  I’ll keep my BirdCam pointed at my hummingbird feeder and see what I can catch over the next few weeks.  In the meantime, here are some hummers that made it to my yard.  Great, clear, quality shots…from behind.  Still worth a look.  Can’t wait until I can catch a few from the front feeding on some nectar!  For now, enjoy:

Just Landed.

Now it’s time to eat!

Hummingbird Drinks From Straw

July 17th, 2008

I hesitate to post this picture, as a bit of controversy has erupted around it.  But, the photographer got a really amazing shot…so I couldn’t resist!

First the controversy:  Apparently, this photographer knows a lot more about photography than he does about the Internet.  His photograph became popular on a social networking site,  This is one of the most popular social networking sites, so getting “dug” is considered quite an honor.  There are millions of websites that would kill for the type of free publicity that this photographer received.  While this says something special about his picture, the photographer didn’t seem to understand what was happening.  He recognized that he was getting a lot of traffic, and then accused digg of stealing his picture, which was copyrighted.  Of course, all digg did was to link to a picture that was publicly available on the Internet.  I’m about to do the same thing…hence my hesitation to make this post.  Anyway, after accusing digg and its users of copyright infringement, the digg community got understandably upset, and overreacted to the situation, just as the photographer had done earlier.  Their comments started to get a little nasty.  The photographer removed the photo, but eventually realized that linking is not copyright infringement.  He apologized and put the photo back up.  Anyway…quite the drama!  :)

But, that doesn’t negate the fact that this is quite a shot.  Check it out and read about how he took it.  Fun stuff!

Click Here to See a Hummingbird Drink From a Straw!

Pretty fun, eh?  :)

10 Incredible Hummingbird Facts

July 16th, 2008

This post was inspired by an email from Don Pratt, who runs a website with some beautiful hummingbird pictures.  It’s really a followup to Birding Depot’s Fun Hummingbird Facts.

Today, a Hummingbird flew up to my window, and hovered in front of me for a few seconds.  It’s always amazing to have such a close encounter with such an amazing bird.  They truly are incredible creatures.  Here are ten reasons why:

1. Hummingbirds only live in North and South America.
2. The Bee Hummingbird of Cuba is the smallest hummingbird.  It weighs less than any U.S. coin, even a dime!  Click here to see how small this bird is.
3. The Giant Hummingbird of South America is the largest hummingbird.  It is a 8 1/2 inches in length – about as large as a Starling!
4. Hummingbirds need to eat constantly.  They can easily starve in as little as two to four hours.  Overnight, hummingbirds don’t require as much energy.  However, they generally have just enough energy to make it to the next meal in the morning.
5. At night, hummingbirds can slow their metabolism and heart rate to save energy.
6. Hummingbirds can fly backwards!
7. It is commonly believed that hummingbirds can’t walk.  In fact, we have the same information on our Fun Hummingbird Facts page.  However, in a recent email with Don Pratt, he writes,”A common misconception. I’ve seen HBs walk on large mandavilla leaves no trouble at all. They simply seldom need to walk.”
8. Hummingbird eggs are tiny – about the size of a pea.
9. Females exclusively care for their eggs.
10. It takes about two and a half weeks for hummingbird eggs to hatch.

Incredible Hummingbird Video

July 13th, 2008

I found this video and it blew me away. For anyone having trouble attracting hummingbirds, this video will either drive you nuts, or fill you with hope.

I think it’s time for me to put another hummingbird feeder out! :)

Here is some more great hummingbird action from this Hummingbird Haven.

What’s at my hummingbird feeder?

March 1st, 2008

I’ve continued my search for some great hummingbird photos. This time I avoided flowers, and pointed by BirdCam directly at my hummingbird feeder. I got one great shot!

I was pretty happy with this picture! They are beautiful little birds to watch. But, this wasn’t the most extraordinary picture I took over the last couple of days. While my hummingbirds have been content to fly around my yard looking for flowers, a whole crew of other birds have been taking their place at my nectar feeder. The most common visitors over the last few days have been my House Finches. Yes, House Finches. At first, I thought they were just perching there. But then, I saw one drinking. The photos from my BirdCam confirmed this.

They already dominate all my seed feeders. I guess it was time for them to try something new! :) This next picture is really amazing. When I first saw it, I thought it was a male House Finch because its neck was bright red. But, after studying it and other pictures of the same bird, I realized that this was a female House Finch. The red glow is from this bird’s inside! The light from the sun illuminated this bird all the way through. If you look closely you can see blood vessels in the birds neck.

In addition to a ton of House Finches, my hummingbird feeder also had another visitor.

This warbler has become a frequent visitor at my hummingbird feeder.

Hummingbird Feeder Watch

February 3rd, 2008

I haven’t had my hummingbird feeder out for a couple of days. So, when I put out my nectar feeder I wanted to see my hummers again! I set up my BirdCam (More on this product in a later blog post, stay tuned!) and when I picked up the pictures I had a beautiful one of a hummingbird in flight.

Here’s the same picture without zooming in.

What a stunning little bird. :) I saw him several times the next day feeding. It’s good to have my hummingbirds back!

I think the hummingbirds in my yard were getting annoyed while I had their feeder down. I caught them peeking their head into my sunflower seed feeder a few times. They sure were brave to fly right up to a feeder with twenty house finches fighting for position. — I can hear them fighting right now. House finches don’t like to share. :)

As stunning as this picture was, it was not the most interesting one my BirdCam took. I was shocked to find this little guy at my hummingbird feeder.

I was shocked! What kind of bird was this, and why was it at my feeder? I had to go to the message boards for help identifying this one. The conclusion… warbler! It looked a little dull to be a yellow warbler. Apparently there are four types of orange-crowned warblers. It looks like this might be the sordida orange-crowned warbler. Taken from All About Birds — The form sordida is the darkest green and is found only on the Channel Islands and locally along the coast of southern California and northern Baja California.

Here’s a shot of this warbler feeding on nectar.

I saw this bird several more times today at my hummingbird feeder. It’s been fun to watch this little guy. I keep wondering what my hummingbirds think of all this. :)