Photographs by Frank

13 August 2016

Hummers!

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,Summer,The Yard — Tags: — Frank @ 11:30 PM

I spent a good chunk of the middle of the day today watching and photographing the birds around our feeders.

The sky was overcast, the temperature and the humidity were both in the high seventies. All around the conditions were better for photography than for stacking firewood!

The hummingbirds were quite active. A mature male spent most of his time perched near the feeder. There were two juvenile birds who appeared seeming out of nowhere regularly. When the juveniles appeared they would be harassed by the male as they tried to feed. Once the juveniles had had enough (food or harassment, I am not sure) they would take off for the woods. The male would feed and then head back to his guard station. This behavior was repeated often at irregular intervals for couple of hours I watched them.

I was able to make some nice photos of the male hovering near the feeder but the juveniles were impossible, the males harassment made their movement too erratic.

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Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #1
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #1
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #2
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #2
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #3
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #3
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #4
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #4
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #5
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #5
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #6
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird In Flight #6

Likewise, I was able to make photos of the male perching near the feeder but the juveniles rarely perched near the feeder and if they tried the male drove them off. I did manage a single frame of a perched juvenile.

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Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird #1
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird #1
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird #2
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird #2
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird #3
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird #3
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird #4
Male Ruby-throated Humming Bird #4
Juvenile Ruby-throated Humming Bird
Juvenile Ruby-throated Humming Bird

 

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