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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.

1 comment:

  1. stewar3@bellsouth.netAugust 30, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    What type of camera & set up did you use to capture such beautiful photos?