I was looking at some photos from last summer, and I found these pictures of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird that I took while at my grandparents in Iowa and thought I post some of ’em!
I love hummingbirds, I think that they are a beautiful, delicate, and amazing animal. They are kinda hard to get picture of, especially if you don’t have a tripod, because they are so quick. These are my favorite pictures that I took, out of almost 600!
I was able to get some decent pictures once I found a suitable place to sit where I was close enough to get some good pictures, but far enough away from the feeder that the hummingbird was comfortable visiting it.
I did not realize how territorial hummingbirds were until I watched this little guy for a while. He would take a few sips of nectar either from the feeder or some nearby flowers, then he would perch himself up on a branch where he would have an unobstructed view of his territory, so that if the need arose, he could chase unwelcome guests of his territory. I saw him chase off a couple hummingbirds, and I was even more amazed a the speed and agility of these little birds… But what impressed me even more, was when he took it upon himself to clear the yard of not just hummingbirds, but Finches, Cardinals, and Blue Jays as well!
He had a little trouble with the Cardinals, because they were enjoying their sunflower seeds, and did not want to move… but with some angry squawking , and extremely impressive flying maneuvers, he finally persuaded them to move somewhere else.
The Blue Jays and Finches left without much ado. The Blue Jays were out of peanuts anyways, and the finches were already starting to move to some sunflower heads anyways, so they didn’t put up much of a fight.
So finally, the Hummingbird was able to congratulate himself on a job well done as he succeeded in completely clearing his territory of unwanted and unwelcome visitors, and in giving quite an acrobatic display!