A Happy Little Hummer

As I was out stalking Swallowtails, this happy little hummer paid a visit.

He spent half his time hovering, and the other half just hanging around.

He helped himself to some nectar from the butterfly bush…

…and then perched on the blossoms for a bit.

Hummingbirds have very weak feet and have a hard time walking or hopping like other birds, so they spend most of their time either flying or perching.

I was thrilled that this little fellow stuck around long enough for me to get several shots – usually they are busy dipping, diving, and darting away!


28 thoughts on “A Happy Little Hummer

      1. Definitely it’s on my list πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Thank you for letting me paint your birds πŸ’•

  1. Thanks for the up-close shots … I’m surprised I have not seen more of them around in this hot weather. I pass a person’s house on my daily walk and they have two hummingbird feeders but I never see any hummers there. Maybe they are enjoying the “real deal” like at your house.

      1. It sounds like it – they figure your hummer feeders will still be there for them if the other flowers wilt and are not accessible to them.

  2. I have never noticed the patterns on their throat, like some of your images show… do you know what this means? Beautiful photos, my favorite bird!! πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’›

    1. They are interesting little birds. The males, at times, have a ruby throat (hence the name, ruby-throated hummingbirds), but the feathers themselves aren’t actually red, it’s just the way they react to light. Cool science stuff that I don’t really understand!

  3. They are thick around my Cannas too! I have never been able to get a photo shot of any. I guess they know I got a cat & the hummers don’t trust me 😲

  4. Oh, my goodness! What amazing captures of that little beauty. You are so lucky, I have never been able to get a good photo of little hummers. Thank you for sharing these I really enjoyed them. Hugs

  5. Humming birds are a favorite of mine. I hadn’t seen one is so very long, until a couple days ago! Sadly though, before that it had been at least 2 years! your pictures are stunning! Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

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