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Friday, August 27, 2010

Grooovy Bird

This was the strangest looking blackbird I had ever seen hunkered down in the bushes. It had an exceptionally long tail and a large, curved beak. When I got close, I realized it was a Groove-Billed Ani, a bird that I had never seen. (Left click to enlarge)

The grooves in its upper mandible were remarkable. The two Anis stuck close by each other and disappeared in the dense bushes if you got too close. You never can tell what you will find at Peveto Bird Sanctuary. (Left click to enlarge)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hummer Happiness :)

Wingbeats up to 80 times per second give this male juvenile Ruby Throated Hummingbird incredible hovering and maneuvering abllity. Hummers can reach speeds up to 60 mph rocketing around stopping on a dime. They hover briefly and are gone in the wink of an eye. They are certainly intriguing birds to watch and have a way of putting a smile on your face.

Their aerial acrobatics are amusing and amazing to watch as their body twists, turns and contorts. Interestingly enough, they are the only birds that can fly backwards. How can one grow tired of watching these little guys?

These speedy little guys love dining on nectar from various bushes. They don't miss a flower as they float about collecting nectar.