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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27 Responses to Hummers of Summer 2012 – Part One

  1. Gunta says:

    Oh how I love those little gems. I used to have a feeder by the dining room window where we’d watch the Rufous and Anna’s at our feeders. One species (can’t remember which) used to be resident year round, the other would be a massive migration that would have me putting out a gallon of sugar water daily. These guys were really feisty. They are such a treat. Still trying to find a good location for feeders here at the new house. Thanks for the lovely shots of your little darlings.

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  2. Superb shots….it almost seemed to be posing for you.

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  3. Carissa says:

    We had a particularly cold winter two years ago and our hummers haven’t come back. I’m hoping that next year they will.

    Lovely shots! (heading over to SmugMug now . . . )

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  4. Shannon says:

    The “pose” is my favorite! We’re just starting to see great numbers again coming through. Nice work, Emilio.

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  5. seekraz says:

    Freaking beautiful, Emilio…holy shite….

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  6. hellboy2503 says:

    Really great photos

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  7. Amazing as usual, you are in the wrong line of work! Wish you could do this all the time, we would be the benefactors!

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  8. Absolutely stunning photographs!

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  9. Luisella says:

    Totally awesome!

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  10. drawandshoot says:

    Incredible details, Emilio. Beautiful.
    These creatures are amazing, and so is your photography!

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  11. These little jewels are wonderful, Disperser. I guess quite a different experience than watching magpies in the rain….

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    • disperser says:

      We have lots of magpies here as well . . . quite bothersome, when they hang around the house making all sorts of weird noises.

      . . . but I would sure like to see them in the rain. It has not rained here for over a month.

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  12. AnnMarie says:

    Tough to comment on perfection . . . it appears to me that perfection/beauty is the domain of the senses, not the brain . . .

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