Hummingbirds – Amazing Acrobats

Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Garden, Misc. | 28 comments

I have a passion for hummingbirds. At home, in my flower garden, I have many feeders and enjoy the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds that come and visit. This past winter, we spent some time in Arizona where many varieties of Hummingbirds live or migrate through in the Spring. While visiting the Madera Canyon near Tucson, I was able to photograph many of God’s beauties. I hope you enjoy this pictorial view of these amazing creatures. How could you not believe in a Divine Creator after seeing these amazing, colorful acrobats in the air?

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Broad-billed Hummingbird

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Hummingbirds, especially the males, are very aggressive and defend their territories of flower patches and feeders.

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Their metabolism is very high. Each minute, while at rest, their heart beats 600 times while taking 250-300 breaths. While flying, their heart beats increase to 1,260 times a minute. They also have the largest heart of any animal in relation to their body size.

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Hummingbirds’ feathers have only have shades of brown, rufous (rusty color) and black pigment. It is the tiny prism-like structures in the feather that reflect the light and produce the different iridescent colors.

Male and Female Broad-billed

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A male hummingbird needs to eat about 60 times a day.

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Hummingbirds breast muscles are powerful and make up about 30% of their body. These muscles, which control the wings, enable them to do somersaults, fly backward, straight up, down, and sideways. They are able to maneuver so quickly because they do not just flap their wings up and down, but move them in a circular motion. They can change direction in an instant! This is why they are so hard to photograph!

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The female builds the nest, lays two eggs, and raises the young birds by herself. The baby birds are raisin-like when born, but quickly transform and leave the nest in about three weeks.

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 Roufus Hummingbird

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This Roufus was coming in for a landing and then quickly made a 180 and flew away! These tiny birds make the longest migration with some heading to Alaska for the summer and then to central Mexico in the winter – a distance of over 2,000 miles!

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A Roufus with a Broad-Billed

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 Broad-Tailed

This one makes an unusual sound when they fly due to their tail feather structure.

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Magnificent

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 This Magnificent is a much larger hummingbird than most species. The colors reflected are mainly green and brown. The colors will vary depending on the reflection of the sun on their feathers.

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Two hummers staking claim to a feeder. Which one will win?

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Researches have found that hummingbirds have great memories and often return to the same flower patches each year. I can attest to this finding as my hummingbirds will come back in the Spring and if the nectar is not out and ready for them, they will fly to a window and flutter there so I see them. They also do this if a feeder happens to be empty.

Black-Chinned

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Only when the sun hits their chin, do you see this beautiful purple marking.

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You can even see his little tongue all ready to get the nectar!

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Costa

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This Costa was not very cooperative and wouldn’t face the sun. The dark patch under his beak glows iridescent purple when in the sunlight.

No one could identify this little hummer! It may be a juvenile which makes it hard to determine.

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Hummingbirds mainly eat the nectar from flowers, but they also need protein. They get it by eating small insects on plants and catching them in the air.

Now, what’s not to love about these acrobats? I can’t wait until they come back to my garden!

Do you get many hummingbird varieties? Which one is your favorite?

 

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 Hope you enjoyed learning more about these amazing acrobats!

Thanks for stopping by,

Phyllis

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28 Comments

  1. Your photos are so beautiful! What a treat -I have you featured this week on Show Off Friday!

  2. I am not surprised you have a passion for these beautiful creatures – they really are stunning. Great photos. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  3. This fantastic post is being featured on my blog today as part of Tuesdays with a Twist blog hop
    Thanks and have a great day!
    Angie

  4. Great photos.

  5. We love watching the birds in our yard, and hummingbirds are among our favorites. What awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

    • Thank you and I’ll be there!

  6. what wonderful and amazing captures of these darling birds! 🙂

    • Thanks! I appreciate the comment!

  7. When I was young I spent a summer with my grandma and she had several hummingbird feeders in her yard. I loved watching them and hearing her tell me about them. Thanks for bringing back some amazing memories. Pinning. Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. I can’t wait to see what you link up next. 🙂

    • Great memories! Thanks for pinning!

  8. I’m not a huge fan of birds, but I’ve always been fascinated by hummingbirds! For whatever reason, I don’t consider them as “birds.” LOL 🙂

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

    • They’re a “friendly” bird!

  9. I really enjoyed your Hummingbird photos. I only get to see some brownish ones when they migrate through here in August & September.

    • Thank you for your lovely comments!

  10. Those are some good hummingbird shots. I have some framed ones in my living room that I took, so I obviously like hummingbirds. I just moved to the Pacific Northwest, and I haven’t seen a hummingbird yet.

    • Maybe they haven’t arrived yet! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Lovely series! I always wanted some birds here at my terrace and have added a feeder but no one is coming probably because we have pigeons and seagulls. Hummingbirds are amazing! #pocolo

    • Maybe the reason. Don’t know for sure! Thanks for the nice comment!

  12. My daughter loves birds! And we all love to see hummingbirds! I’m going to show her this post when she gets home from school! She’ll love it!

    • Thank you! They are fun to see!

  13. Hummingbirds are not too common in my area so seeing one is very exciting to me. They are great entertainers. I do have a hummingbird feeder in the hope I can attract one or maybe two!

  14. Fantastic shots! Impressive. I just saw my first one checking out my hanging baskets the other day. Love these little guys.

    • Thanks! Can’t wait until mine come back!

  15. Wow!!! I adore hummingbirds and enjoy their antics at the feeders. They even fly close to my head when I’m on the porch to scare me away from my flowers (their flowers!). You got some fantastic pictures, and so many types of hummers! We’ve only had about three different types here, and the same ones come every year. Last year, I had to take the feeders down because the wasps wouldn’t leave them alone. Wasps nest in our thick shrubs, so we can’t get rid of them all. Tried a feeder/trap for them, but it didn’t work very well. Thanks for sharing your pictures and some facts about these beautiful creatures God made!

    • Thanks for your nice comments! Did you see the small copper feeder? They claim that wasps cannot get the liquid from them and so they leave them alone. Only problem is that they hold very little to need to fill them more often. Not sure where to buy them, but perhaps find them online somewhere. You are lucky to have three varieties. I only get one here.

      • Thank you for that info, Phyllis. I think I’ve seen those at Lowe’s or Home Depot…never knew the purpose of the copper. So, thanks!

        • It’s not the copper, but that they are small and the nectar doesn’t come up to the top. The wasps can’t reach it, but the hummingbirds can. Look at the one in the post where it is just a little round one.

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