HHH! (Last Post on Topic for Awhile)

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I wanted you to see the “Hordes of Holler Hummers,” not just individual shots.
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Hummingbirds are quite aggressive with each other and constantly are in squabbles over the feeder. Here are some shots of them co-operating which is happening more and more, probably because no new hummingbirds have moved in recently. They are all “locs” now even the previously bullied “purple-throated guy!” You can see him in the photos below holding his own, but still not fully part of the group of Annas. He is a Black Chinned Hummingbird. The others are Annas.
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We have about ten active hummingbirds that are locals in this part of our garden. Others are in the orchards. The guy with his back to you looking scruffy, is the juvenile that flew into the window. You can see he is doing well. His wing is injured but it doesn’t affect his flying.
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Can’t resist a couple singles…..
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Pretty little guys aren’t they?
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This will be my last post on Hummers for awhile as I realize not everyone is as captivated by them as I am! When I am a really old lady, I promise I will not have hummingbird tchotochkes covering ever surface my house! But….. I already have hummingbird hand towels and coffee mugs, so maybe I shouldn’t make too firm a promise!!
Thanks for bearing with me. Heading off to Anza Borrego Desert State Park now and should be posting from there soon. Cheers to you from The Holler & have a great weekend!

109 thoughts on “HHH! (Last Post on Topic for Awhile)

  1. These are stunning photos of a fascinating bird. You needn’t worry about me getting tired of them. In my neck of the woods there are only ruby-throated, so it’s nice to see a different version.

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  2. I love your hummer pics a lot!! You lucky lady for having so many!! What gorgeous pics! Vibrant colors they have!! You should print them up for wall art! Would look nice in a kitchen!!!

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  3. I love looking at your pics of the hummingbirds. Ours seem to have dwindled a little, still lots of hummingbird moths but no aves. I think they are nesting and feeding closer to home! πŸ™‚

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  4. I’ve said it before–but I will say it again. You should be THE photographer for all creatures great and small–wait. Scratch that. They should invent magazines and journals with prose AROUND your phenomenal photos, because Cindy, I have never seen such great detail! I feel you have given me a Peeping Tom view of these lil fellas, so very closely do you capture them.

    And if it were up to me, you’d post these every every day!

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  5. I love your hummers, especially since I broke our great feeder and got another one that doesn’t work. Have to remedy that ASAP but meanwhile, I can enjoy your hoardes via those great photos. πŸ™‚

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  6. We also have hummingbird sun catchers and plaques and brick-a-brack throughout our home. WHY? Because we don’t have as many hummers as you do and we are quite competitive.
    Thanks for sharing your hummer photos. We enjoyed them.

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  7. Not minding the single pictures at all — they are so beautiful close-up, since their colors can really be seen well! Love the pics of the the groups — the feeders I have always seen hummers congregating around didn’t have a perch, so they just hovered and stuck their long beaks in. They seem so civilized all perched there! So glad the juvenile is doing well and mending — hopefully he won’t be involved in any squabbles before he heals. Have a great trip to the desert!

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      • And to think, you weren’t keeping him company while he died, but instead, keeping him company while he worked at making himself live. They are such busy creatures but they know enough when to be still and let peace heal them. I am happy at the thought that perhaps, he was able to pull some of your strength through that glass and use it to recyle. It is wonderful that if we truly desire it, nothing will separate us from peace. It is with great thanks I have that you had this experience and that you shared it. I love hummers. we don’t have many in this area and not the variety you have, so it is good that you share your hummers with us.

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  8. We are in Washington, D.C. doing urban safari photography. Buildings and statues mostly stand still, so compositions are easier to arrange and capture. I’ll post some photos in a few days. Old ladies can take as many photos of your hummers as you like πŸ™‚
    Oscar

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  9. we have 3 feeders at the backyard and one at the front porch. Hummingbirds are agggresive arent, they? The most aggressive one wants to own the 3 feeders. We have a decorative plate with hummingbird design.

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  10. I’m sitting here imagining the sort of patience you have to have to get a shot of a Humming Bird. I’ve tried taking photos of birds, and birds that are just standing still, doing nothing at all, make me feel impatient. For you to get a Humming Bird with its wings flapping, like you did in that first photograph, is impressive to me, mostly because I couldn’t do it. Nicely done, Cindy. πŸ™‚

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  11. Love the Black Chinned Hummingbird, Cindy. Never heard of that before. Don’t leave it too long until the next batch, the hummer-watch community is fairly large. Some may be hummer-indifferent but I’m guessing hummer-haters are rare indeed… Have a great time in the ADBSPark, sounds exciting, look forward to some pics…

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  12. Some truly magnificemt pictures, Cindy!
    Thank you for all your support and encouragement, you are a treasure and much loved by many on this site. Sincere best wishes (and hugs) from Baldy πŸ™‚

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    • The thing that gets me is the outsized personalities packed in these dinky little bodies. They fly up around 50 fifty feet, hover, and then dive bomb each other. Now they are playing nicer and actually sharing the feeder. Too funny!! Cheers to you~

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