First Batch of 2015 Hummingbirds

Just a quick post regarding hummingbirds . . . that’s why we begin with tree swallows. 

Here’s proof that nesting be difficult on the pair . . . 



I’m pretty sure this is the female, and she’s looking a bit run-down. Also, it looks like she had pizza for lunch and was not too particular about being neat. 

Anyway, hummingbirds . . . 

Just in the last few days, the Rufus hummers have arrived. That means we went from four feeders and changing the solution once a week to eleven feeders and refilling them every other day. They seem a bit early; about two weeks early. August is our usual heavy time for hummingbird feeding. We usually go through 20-25 pounds of sugar in a typical season.


More so than other hummers, Rufus hummers guard the feeders against intrusion from other hummingbirds. That is the maple in the back yard, and from that perch he will launch attacks at any other bird that approaches any of the s feeders we have in the back (two 16-oz hanging feeders and four 8-oz window feeders).

Sometimes they are stealthy . . . 


It usually takes a few days for the birds to realize I pose no threat and to get used to the shutter noise of the camera. 

Here’s one of the first photos I tried yesterday evening. Yes, he’s reacting to the shutter. On some photos, they react fast enough that all I get is a blur on the corner of the photo.


A few minutes later I am old hat . . . 



Some are still bashful . . . 



. . . checking me out before risking a drink . . . 


. . . but only a quick one before checking what I’m up to. 


Here’s one at one of the window feeders. 

Also nervous, it settled down pretty quick.





Once they get used to me they’ll sit there and drink for one-half to one minute. 



Another trick I have is to set up with the phone camera right at the feeder and stand perfectly still. I also wear sunglasses because I’ve figured out they will react to eye movements. 

That way I can sit there and watch them from no more than 8″-12″ away . . . and take movies (watch it in HD).

I have a longer movie with some Rufus hummers, but I need to trim it down a bit . . . I’ll have it up some other time.

As usual, clicking on a photo will get you a large size, and the full-size photos are in the SmugMug Gallery found HERE.

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25 Responses to First Batch of 2015 Hummingbirds

  1. Love the hummingbirds (the swallows too). What is the one with the purple throat? I haven’t seen one of those here. Is it the aptly named ruby-throated hummingbird?


  2. PiedType says:

    Hummers are magical creatures. They’ve always fascinated me. I do hope the Rufus ruffians don’t keep all the ruby-throats away. Sounds like you’ve adequate feeders for all comers.


  3. sandra getgood says:

    Magic! It’s all magic, to me! Love the hummingbirds!


    • disperser says:

      I always wonder if I’m being repetitive from one year to the next, but then I remember I like to see them every year. And yes, they are a welcome sight.


  4. mybrightlife says:

    Astounding photos!


  5. Emily Scott says:

    Lovely. What strength sugar solution do you use? They say you can tell a beekeeper at the supermarket because they’re the ones piling up bags of sugar, but I guess that’s a way to spot hummingbird fans too!


  6. Ha! Pizza for lunch! :-P If she knew you were going to photograph her close-up, she would have bathed first!
    Love the hummers! I love when they return each year! They are so unique and so beautiful! Thank you for feeding them!
    On one of my walks with Cooper tonight I saw a gorgeous purple bush filled with buzzing bees and I thought, “Emilio would get some great shots of this!” :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  7. Really beautiful work. These made my evening a bit nicer. Thank you.


  8. I love the purple-breasted one, the Calliope Hummingbird. They are just fascinating – all of the hummingbirds. I didn’t realize they were so territorial. When we were in Costa Rica, we saw a bunch of them at one huge feeder. Beautiful photos, disperser. ;-)


  9. 1bl0gr3ad3r says:

    Beautiful work with the swallows and the hummers! Just beginning to peruse… hoping to run across more– somehow i think i will ;) Curious– do you use a remote release or any type of blind?


    • disperser says:

      No; I’m anywhere from a foot to six feet away. The video probably less; I held the edge of my phone on the railing, and that is about 6″-8″ from the feeder.

      It takes them a few shots before they get used to the shutter noise and me being there. I try not to move a whole lot, but if I do (for example, swinging the camera around) I move slowly. I do try to either wear sunglasses or keep the camera in front of my eyes; they seem to react to eye movement more than anything else.

      Here’s a series shot from about four feet away (about halfway down the post):


  10. AnnMarie says:

    Each season brings its wonders, so no futile repetitiveness in your hummingbird photos! They’re a pleasure to see and you always manage to capture them in new ways. I especially like the shot of the one in flight, looking straight ahead, and with its wings half blurred (the second photo with the window background).


  11. I never realized how long their beaks are, I had my sound turned up full blast on the video hoping to hear the humming sound which I imagine is what gives them their name, but I couldn’t hear a thing, was there sound attached or was it just my hearing?
    They are lovely little birds


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