Hummers of Summer 2012 – Part One

This will be a quick post.  It is the first of my 2012 hummingbirds post.  Not sure yet how many I will have.

There are thirty-four photos in the SmugMug gallery.  Any hummingbird lover would be foolish to limit themselves to just reading the blog.  For one thing, there is not much in the way of my usual witty banter (perhaps a perk).

For another, there is no narrative.  No tales to be told.  Just pictures of hummingbirds.  Little jewels sparkling in the sun.  They really deserve to be seen in the best possible way, and that is the SmugMug gallery.  However, for those who likely don’t even read the few words I just wrote, here is a sample of the pictures.

Rufous Female
Rufous Female

There are three species of hummingbirds that come through here.  Broad-Tailed, Rufous (migration only), and Calliope hummingbirds.  The males are quite distinct, but the females are similar enough to be confused for each other, especially when immature. 

Of course, they don’t have any problems telling themselves apart, but I do.  I offer my opinion on the species, but do not guarantee my accuracy (unless it’s a male).

Broad-Tailed Male Hummingbird
Broad-Tailed Male Hummingbird
Broad-Tailed Male Hummingbird
Broad-Tailed Male Hummingbird
Broad-Tailed Male Hummingbird
Broad-Tailed Male Hummingbird. Caught in mid-lounge toward the nectar.
Rufous Female hummingbird
Rufous Female hummingbird
Rufous Female hummingbird
Rufous Female hummingbird
Rufous Female hummingbird
Rufous Female hummingbird
Rufous Female hummingbird.   Classic pose, and I love the see-through-the-wing-feathers bit.
Rufous Female hummingbird.
Classic pose, and I love the see-through-the-wing-feathers bit.
Rufous Female hummingbird.   This pose is when they are warning off other birds coming to the feeder.
Rufous Female hummingbird.
This pose is when they are warning off other birds coming to the feeder.
Also a Rufous female, only older. Those throat spots will turn iridescent orange when the light hits them just right.
Also a Rufous female, only older. Those throat spots will turn iridescent orange when the light hits them just right.
Rufous Female Hummingbird
Rufous Female Hummingbird
Rufous Female Hummingbird
Rufous Female Hummingbird
Rufous Female Hummingbird
Rufous Female Hummingbird

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