Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Oops! Photo of the Week


Sorry this isn't a great photo, but I took it in the early morning before the light was good enough in the backyard. This tiny little hummingbird is on sentry duty, guarding the feeder I keep outside my window. There are four hummers who vie for places at the feeder all day long. They almost never feed together and someone is always on guard to chase away any of his relatives who dare try to get a sip. They are constantly dive-bombing each other all day. I worried about them, but then I realized that this may be good training for them to be on constant alert to predators. They never harm each other, thank goodness, but they're so tiny, they'd be easy prey for other birds if they weren't so alert and quick.

11 comments:

Michelle Eaton said...

How cute. I love humming birds.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

I love humming birds too! In my backyard we have a feeder for them and I love to watch them come to drink.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Isn't he cute! It is a lovely picture. Birds are generally now easy to photograph.

BumbleVee said...

oh, what a tiny sweetie! I love little hummers...

Serena said...

Awwwwww....how adorable!

HElen said...

Wonderful picture!

Linda Fleming said...

What a lucky shot! It's hard to get a chance to photograph them motionless. Good job, Mary! Aren't they the most darling of birds?

Kerry said...

I love the hummingbirds, we put up a feeder this year but didn't have even one visitor. Thanks for sharing your photo.

Mike Fleming said...

Love the Hummer. We had them at our place when we lived up north and saw the same teritorial behavior, they were great fun to watch.

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Carla said...

Sweet capture! Our little female only came twice this month. I hope she is ok.