Monday, June 23, 2008

Hummingbirds at Last

I have tried and tried to photograph the hummingbirds coming to our feeders. Unfortunately, there is so much territorial behavior that no one feeds long enough for me to get a good photo. We must have several families, and there is constant discord and defense of the feeders. They sip and go. A chase usually follows. I'm sure they must expend more energy than they receive in the nectar.

During a recent visit to a park ranger station, I was delighted to find hummingbirds peacefully enjoying an afternoon drink. They were most accommodating.

Ah! So cool and refreshing.

Did you want a profile shot?

Focus on me. Never mind the blurry bird at the other feeder.

Of course we can share. There's plenty for everyone.

Only one of them seemed a bit indignant at my presence:
So, what you looking at?
It was wonderful to see such a peaceful gathering of hummingbirds. On the other hand, I also love my little rebels too.


Stephanie said...

that is one bird feeder that i have never had

Shelley said...

Great captures of the hummingbird - glad they were so cooperative for you! I've never been able to photograph one...yet!

Jayne said...

We've had so few this year, it's sad. I am not sure where they all are! By this time last year, I had ten fighting for the feeders, and now, if I have one every other day or so, it's exciting. :c(

Great photos of your hummers!

Ruth said...

Great shots. I have tried hummingbird feeders but have never attracted one bird.

Rurality said...

Fun little guys, huh? They are so entertaining.

The Birdlady said...

There you go! Mine are still a bit skittish..

The Birdlady said...

There you go! Mine are still a bit skittish..

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks everyone. In our area, almost everyone has noticed a decrease in the number of hummingbirds. Last year they were everywhere.

Kerri Farley said...

Fabulous shots!!! I can't believe there were two drinking at one time... that never happens here...they are always chasing each other off! Great post!!!

Unknown said...

I am from the Raleigh-Durham area and this year I have only seen a couple male hummers. I usually set up several feeders to help offset the fighting :-( What has happened this year?