September 16, 2010

Up close and personal

The hummingbird migration continues. The heaviest traffic is in the early morning when there are a couple dozen birds feeding or circling. The other morning one of the birds, a Rufous no less, a feisty species, was apparently so tired he sat motionless on the feeder for minutes between sips.

I put a short ladder by one of the feeders so I could get a better picture with the sun reflecting off the feathers, and to see if I could identify the birds better. I think that the majority of the hummers coming through right now are females and juveniles. I was able to get a shot of this young "Rufio", amid lots of bird yips and buzz bys.

1 comment:

webb said...

You are SO lucky to get that close - what a great photo. Thanks for sharing.