A Bouquet of Broad-tailed Hummingbirds


Hovering Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Jeff Wendorff PhotographerYou’ve probably noted that I am a fan of collective nouns and hummingbirds have several to choose from. I thought “bouquet” was particularly useful for this group of images. I am also working on a new post that describes my EASY techniques for getting these kind of images…up close and personal hummingbird shots without a fuss. You don’t need a Rube Goldberg contraption with multiple flashes and a pain in the butt amount of work to get great hummingbird images. In case you were curious:
  • The Broad-tailed Hummingbird enters torpor, a slowed metabolic state, on cold nights. It maintains a body temperature of about 54° when ambient temperatures fall below 44° F.
  • One female holds the North American age record for hummingbirds, at twelve years old.
  • Accounts of this species mention that it nests in the same tree or bush year after year, a phenomenon known as philopatry-faithfulness to the previous home area. It will return to the same branch and even build a new nest atop the old one.
These tidbits of information were found, as usual, at What Bird…HERE. Also, a couple of these images will be featured in the next version of the iBird family of apps. Buy yours today…HERE. [nggallery id=40] The images were all taken on the King Ranch in Colorado and it is Private Property…VERY Private Property. [xmlgm ngg_gallery=40]

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