Wednesday, September 12, 2007

September

007 Snap a Dozen Days


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

September is the month that our backyard comes alive with hummingbirds. It is rare for us to see hummers in the spring. And we have never had one stay for the summer. However, when the hummingbirds begin their southerly migration, they tend to stop over in our yard to feast on the flowers of the Turk's Cap shrub.

You can see how perfectly designed flower and bird are for each other in the photo above (all pictures in this post can be viewed in a larger format with the click of the mouse). As the hummingbird dips in for the nectar, her head brushes against the stamen and is dusted with pollen.



This year we have about six Ruby-throats that feed regularly in our yard. Each day we are entertained by their acrobatics.



And awed by their grace and beauty.



These amazing little birds are my favorites and I look forward to their return each year.

12 comments:

  1. How beautiful! I've only seen one hummingbird in my yard in the 7+ years I've lived here. What a treat! The pictures are fabulous.

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  2. What great pictures of the hummingbirds! They are so much fun to watch. My parents have them every summer, and we always enjoy looking for them when we visit.

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  3. You did a good job of capturing them in flight! It's nice to know they visit with you when they leave here.

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  4. fantastic pictures. I love humming birds too.

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  5. Your hummingbird photos are outstanding! I think ours are probably beginning their trek down south, as I've not seen one since last week. One of the things I love about spring here in northeast Texas is the return of the hummers!

    Oh, and the baby bolero is adorable! :-)

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  6. WOW Words have left me. WOW says it all!!!!

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  7. Wow, those are really good pictures. How long did you have to stand there to get those? At my parents place in Lake Whitney, they have Humming birds and it's a riot to watch them! I love the noises they make. They are just so cute.

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  8. Wow, that is amazing. You must just love watching that. Great pictures!
    We get hummingbirds now and then but they generally zip by way to quick to catch with the camera.

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  9. Your photos are lovely. I'm so glad to see these hummers. Our last sighting in NY was Sept. 4. So now I'm enjoying yours instead!!! Thanks!!

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  10. You have some great shots...I think John was useing some of your work on HIS blog!!

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  11. Congratulations on still being able to move fast enough to get those great shots! I have a nice collection of where the humming bird was a minute ago!

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  12. The pictures are incredible! I had a little hummingbird who was hanging out on a tree outside my bedroom window and so I got to watch her every morning just sitting there. It was very cool.

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~Tracy