Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

It's hummer time!

I used to think hummingbirds were tropical creatures, living in hot dense rainforests.

I was wrong.

The tiny little birds live all over the Americas, and can be found everywhere from the deserts to the forests. Hummingbird feeders are a popular gadget, sold in garden centres and through the ubiquitous SkyMall catalogue, but they're usually found buzzing around flowers, supping at nectar.
Where the bee sucks, there suck I;
In a cowslip's bell I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Even if Shakespeare hadn't seen hummingbirds, they're always Ariel to me.

They're a delight to photograph, so small and fast that they're a challenge to capture in pixels, but so bright and colourful that they quickly form the heart of a picture.

Visiting the Pulgas Water Temple, we found a small thicket of bright red flowers, and were greeted by the angry clicks of feeding hummingbirds. I had my camera with me, and started shooting...

This one had an amazing red head that lased ruby bright at certain angles.

It's Hummer time!

Here it is again, camouflaged against the green and red of the flowers.

It's Hummer time!

Another, just starting its docking manoeuvres.

It's Hummer time!

Crystal Springs, California
April 2009
Tags: flickr, hummingbirds, photography
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