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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Backyard Hummingbird Action

Flap, flap, flap, oh man, gotta keep flapping... Dang this is hard!

Hummingbirds infuriate me. Not because they beat their wings approximately 53 times per second, not because their hearts beat approximately 1250 times per minute and not because they can emulate the amazing capabilities of helicopters such as Airwolf.

I hate 'em because they're so dang hard to take a picture of! Last summer, with my old Sony P-52 equipped with a whopping 2x zoom, I was not able to get any pictures of the hummingbirds in our backyard. However, this year, with my H1, I have finally succeeded.

Attracted by 7 foot tall golden glow rudbeckia and the pink flowers of the sweet peas is this female Black-Chinned Hummingbird. I know what you're thinking: that this isn't a Black-Chinned Hummingbird at all - it's the most common Anna's Hummingbird. But look closer.

Ah-ha! No red spots in the neck region. I know it's a small pic, but trust me. There's no red. This means it must be a female Black-Chinned Hummingbird, one of the least spectacular. Regardless of her immense dullness, I'm still glad that my hummingbird stakeout was not a complete waste of time.

Sitting in a lawn chair in my backyard, sans shirt, in 40+ Celcius heat and no Southern Comfort is not my idea of fun. But this female hummingbird had no choice, as she needs to eat about every 10 minutes or she'll die. Kinda like Jodster!


Blogger Rainypete said...

I'm jealous. All we get are robins and starlings that look like they've lost a hammer fight. Sounds like I need to stalk some hummingbirds in your yard.

Yeah that sounds about like the jodster. Ironically enough they both eat at brightly coloured places. The hummingbirds just haven't found flowers with pictures of clowns on them yet.

11:24:00 AM

Blogger Cuppojoe said...

Yeah, I was pretty jazzed about being able to take pictures of the hummingbirds at my Mom's place with my old Dimage Z1 (which has recently been handed down to Chana).

Very nice shot you got there, by the way!

11:32:00 AM

Blogger Chana said...

oh hummingbirds are so darn beautiful. i was thrilled last summer when @ Joe's parents house i got to enjoyed them. there were tons of them @ their balcony feeders. they were a treat to watch.

nice picture btw.

4:29:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

Do they just hum or do they once ina while sing?

6:45:00 AM

Blogger Vengelyne said...

We don't get any hummingbirds here. =( The only birds I see in my garden are sparrows that like to poop on our clothes hanging on the clothesline...

Very nice pic, though.

Btw, how do you survive 40+ Celcius of heat? Our hottest is like 30+ and I'm dying.

Oh yeah, I also think you've a nice garden...

7:51:00 AM

Blogger JODSTER said...

I can't comment...

My mouth is still full...

8:07:00 AM

Blogger patti_cake said...

I heart hummingbirds, they are so cute and twirly

10:57:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

V - the heat was unbearable. Our city issued a heat alert for about 3 days. Cooling stations were set up across the city for the elderly. Our hydro company even issued warnings that there would be rolling blackouts unless people shut off their lights, etc, and turned up their air conditioners to a warmer setting.

Oh Jodster, you always did like eating hummingbirds!

12:16:00 PM


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