‘Tis The Season

‘Tis the season – not for Christmas (although I’m sure the decorations will show up at Home Depot any day now!) but for Hummingbirds.  These little birds have been out in abundance lately, simply begging to have their picture taken.

Like this handsome fellow.

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I was in and out of the house about a hundred times today, and every time I passed by I saw him sitting on the iron hook in serious guard mode.  He spent much more time protecting the nectar than he did partaking of it!

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You can tell this one is an adult male because of the full red throat patch – which is also called a “gorget” if you want to sound impressive!

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And speaking of those crimson throat patches, did you know that the feathers aren’t actually red?  It’s simply the way they reflect light that gives them the glowing lava look.

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With a slight shift in the way the light hits their feathers, their appearance can change from gleaming red to a dull brownish-black in an instant.

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These flying gems probably won’t be here much longer, so I’m going to continue snapping pictures (and filling feeders) for as long as they bless me with their presence.

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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13 Responses to ‘Tis The Season

  1. Lovely shots, as you said they’re like little flying gems.

  2. Jodi says:

    Such great shots Kathy!!

  3. Denis1950 says:

    Beautiful images Kathy.

  4. Tiny says:

    That is an adorable little fellow!!

  5. Jill Kuhn says:

    Such stunning photos, Kathy! I do hope I can try painting one of them! 💜

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  7. Sue says:

    What a great poser, and imagine that he sat still to pose! His throat looks very orange, so I’m wondering if this is really a Ruby-throated HB or some other species that has gotten a little off track during migration?

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