Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Ruby-throated hummingbirds, not Black-chinned guys. Kind of happy these little friends decided to show up and pose for some photos. The males were a bit obnoxious and rather mean to each other, wrestling on the ground and knocking each other off branches. Feisty guys. Ah hah!! I got one to land on my finger, which is always exciting. You should try it sometime.  (along those lines, a Bewick's Wren landed on my clipboard briefly last month too. Damn skippy.)
In other news, I've been in south Texas running around after Black-capped Vireos at a real nice field site. Still a ton of BCVIs around but otherwise not much going on bird-wise. Oh! finally saw Montezuma Quail!  which was pretty sweet. Not a lot down in the Hill Country. Also saw my fourth Texas Indigo snake, this one was 6+ feet long and absolutely beautiful. He was looking for food in a small water trough and while I didn't pick him up, I did pull him out a little bit. Didn't realize how huge he was until he was on the ground, really an awesome snake. Love those guys (they're threatened, by the way, which is a huge bummer).  Our World Tuesday Wild Bird Wednesday

34 comments:

Barb said...

Wish I had a scarf in just that ruby shade. Our Hummers have flown to warmer climes - maybe to S Texas.

Seagull Steve said...

Dude. Sweet pics.

Why does the last hummingbird have purple gorget feathers?

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful, gorgeous images of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird Jill..
I love the juvie too, they are so sweet and calm, compared to those territorial warriors of the males. I saw one killed in my side garden once. I don't think it was to have gone that far, but indeed it did. We have tons right now too~

Janie said...

The ruby-throated hummingbirds are beautiful.
I've seen them dive bomb each other over who has rights to the feeders. Interesting interactions in the hummingbird world.

biobabbler said...

Wow. Wonderful shots & creatures. Sounds like your digs rock. Nice.

Always glad to see your posts. =)

Dominic Gendron said...

Wonderfull images, the last one is the best ;)

ZielonaMila said...

Unusual photographs, beautiful birds, such views are giving much joy. I am greeting

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Geat shot! very cute birds!
Have a nice weekend
Yvonne & Raphael

Carver said...

I love the shots of the hummingbirds.

EG CameraGirl said...

Hmmm. I've just been outdoors trying to coordinate a ruby throat's feeding time with my camera time. Didn't work out. It's probably out there now as I type. :))

Sylvia K said...

How fun to see your post for the day, Jill! It's been a while! I do love your birds and such great captures! Hope you have a great Labor Day and a great week!

Fun60 said...

Great views of the hummingbirds.Love the colour - the name describes them perfectly.

Adam Jones said...

Just so jealous that you get to see these Ruby Throats. Lovely shots.

lorik said...

I have never seen a hummingbird - not sure if we have them here. Great shots! You might like to share your more orange work on Mandarin Orange Monday too:)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful photos of the beautiful birds ~ (A Creative Harbor)

ladyfi said...

Your shots are marvellous!

Anna said...

What a beautiful birds!
Love them and the colors...
Have a nice day and greetings,
Anna

Stewart M said...

What great birds - I'd love to see one of these in the wild.

Take care with those snakes!

Stewart M - Australia (where snakes are best left alone!)

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show.
Wish you a good day :)
Hanne Bente

Gary said...

Beautiful shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures showing the hummingbird
Hanne Bente

NewMexiKen said...

Nice shot with the full gorget displaying!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from Our World Tuesday, what great captures.

FjÀllripan said...

Oh such amazing birds!! Great captures! :)

i stora drag said...

Nice pictures of this little cute bird! I wish I could see some one day!
Greetings Pia in Sweden

Anni said...

Gorgeous...the photos I get of them seem to have a more purple hue to the 'ruby throat'.

Wild Bird Wednesday - Backyard Birds

mick said...

Great photos of the little hummingbirds. It would be amazing to have one of them on my finger! If only!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Perfect little bundles of beauty! Wonderful to have birds land on your hand!

joo said...

Beautiful photos!

Pat said...

Such awesome little birds. They are ferocious fighters sometimes.

Powell River Books said...

I love to watch hummingbird zip around our cabin. When we lived in Los Angeles, we had a nest in our atrium. We could watch mom and the kids right from our living room window. - Margy

Neil said...

Great to have one land on your finger beautiful photos.

Michelle said...

Love these!

Larry said...

More Gorgeous shots Jill! A Montezuma Quail! Awesome! I would love to see one of those beauties!