If you read Part I, you know about the greedy little capitalist. Above is one of his victims with a feather askew from a direct hit!
Here is another escaping his wrath.
The good news is, moving one of the greedy guy’s feeders into the bushes worked, and he is now under control.
Birds are feeding and flying freely once again at The Holler.
We now have three feeders up and about twenty birds actively feeding. This is less than prior years, probably because the persistent drought has ended, and The Holler and all the surrounding orchards are abloom with flowers, giving the hummers lots of dining options.
The orioles and Grosbeaks are here at the feeders too, also in smaller numbers for the same reason.
So once again, peace and harmony reigns at The Holler!
One year I came nose to nose with a hummingbird. The power in those wings and the sound when you are up close is just amazing.
It is like this super intensely contained buzzing. They fly right up to your nose and stare at you. It’s awesome!
Yes I know that feeling
Oh my! I loved this post, Cindy! I adore hummingbirds and your photos reinforce that love. I just came inside from watching a few battle on our patio. They’re much more entertaining than TV. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos!
Sorry, Cindy. Part 2 came up first in my WP Reader.
I wanted the posts to line up in order which only would happen if the reader was delayed in opening them, so sorry about the order. Hummingbirds are incredibly entertaining. They follow me around the garden when I am gardening and they follow all of us if we go on walks!
Beautiful captures of the hummers, Cindy!
So happy you like them Susan & cheers to you~
Some fabulous shots in both posts. I love hummers, but rarely get such good shots.
Thank you. They are photographically challenging because they move at hyper-speed as you well know.
You must one very FAST camera shutter to capture these so perfectly – very impressive photography, Cindy!
Awww, humbled & honored. Thank you very much Eliza!
They are so cute. 🙂
They are incredibly and completely cute!
Thanks for the epilogue. Happy ending.
We need happy endings!
Very happy you enjoyed these little guys!
heh-heh re ‘Holler’s Harmonious Hummers’ and so pleased your tactic worked 👍
I confess I had to enlist the help of my son the biologist to find a solution that worked. He came up with the bush idea because the capitalist could not see, and hence not control, the feeder buried in the bush. Several days with this placement broke his dominion uber alles!
Wow, you have twenty of them feeding at one time. That is a lot in my standard. I would love to see that many come to drink 🙂
During the drought years we had well over 40 hummingbirds everyday all summer long. I was changing the quart feeders daily and we went through lots of sugar.
Superb captures Cindy!
Ahh, honored. Thank you!
They are awesome critters. I can see why the Incas made huge petroglyphs of them!
Yay the hummers are happy! I’m glad your moving the feeders worked out! Hugz Lisa and Bear
Happy hummers make for happy Hollerdom! 😉
Beautiful hummingbirds. So happy to hear you’ve got the renegade under control.
I really have never in ten years of actively interacting with hummingbirds, ever seen anything remotely like him. My son really solved the problem.
Truly amazing photographs. Thank you.
Ahh, thank you so much more for your kind friendship. <3
They are definitely a Wow kinda bird!
Thank goodness he’s under control! I was going to suggest you send him to South America!
Smiling. He will be going back that way by early fall!
Wonderful to know that harmony reigns again Cindy.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Yes, harmony makes me calm! <3
Very pleased you enjoyed them!
What great captures
Thanks my friend. It is great to see your photos of my beloved Africa again!
Wow Cindy, you are lucky to have these beautiful birds in the garden. They do not exist here in Europe but every time I am in the States or Central America I look for them trying to capture them with my camera. Your post put me back to Costa Rica where I was lucky to capture them, simply enjoy them and heard the powerful sound their wings make for the first time. Great post! Thanks.
The Costa Rican hummingbirds have such amazing coloration. We will be back there at the end of the year and I so look forward to seeing and hearing them! Some also have those remarkable long tail feathers. Incredible birds and I am glad you spent time with them.
They’re too cute! We don’t have hummingbirds in Greece, sadly…
I think they would love Greece if they managed to fly over there!
Some fabulous photos here! Thanks.
Thank you more for appreciating them!
More beautiful photographs! The second last one against the blue sky is especially wonderful. They’re such special creatures. Welcome home!
Thank you Alison. They are basically part of the family. <3
Great shots, Cindy. I believe Hummingbirds flap their wings very very fast, and as we don’t have them in Australia, I can only imagine what it took to capture such sharply focused images. Their feather colouring is superb too.
Hummers can hover, and are the only bird that can fly backwards, and their hearts and wings beat so quickly, they have to go into a state of torpor daily or they would starve to death. They are the smallest birds in the world. They also migrate 1000’s of miles. They are amazing! That said, Oz has the most stunning variety of beautiful birds. We are returning in 2018 to see more of Australia’s birds and natural wonders!
I think Australia has a diverse range of everything, Cindy. Probably because of its size. It covers everything from desert to rainforest and everything in between. I did read once that Australia has the highest number of indigenous animals in the world. Don’t know whether that was true or not. You’d think the Amazon would be tops when it comes to indigenous species wouldn’t you 🙂
Outstanding magnificent brilliant pictures, Cindy <3
I am honored and humbled Hanna. Thank you. <3
They are indeed beautiful creatures!
Ingenuity rules. Yay 😀
My son gets all the credit.
We are a sneaky lot. 🙂
The shots are sublime, Sue. Simply gorgeous!
So pleased you enjoyed them! Thank you~
A happy. peaceful ending – A win-win situation! 🙂
Yes! Tranquility is imperative for me. <3
Me too! 🙂
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Hugs to you and gratitude too my friend! <3
Beautiful photo captures. It is good to see birds happy and thriving. It’s like a sign that all is good with life. 🙂 How many acres do you have on the ‘Holler’, Cindy? Do you farm any of the land?
So happy you enjoyed them Joyce. Thank you! We have 7.5 acres and a pomegranate and small grapefruit orchard.
Sounds, and looks like a little piece of heaven on earth. 🙂
Wow!! How did you capture in flight so beautifully? 🙂 <3
I think they are hard to capture unblurred in flight. One thing I did to help this year is include a perchless feeder. This means they have to fly while feeding which gives me more flight time and better odds in getting unblurred shots. I judge hummer photos by how well the eyes and feet are in focus.
Thank you for sharing the tip! 💖
Vielen dank mein lieber Freund!
Astounding pictures Cindy. They look like little jewels in flight. ~~dru~~
Thank you and that is a perfect description!
Beautiful hummingbirds, Cindy. Fantastic closeups!
I am so pleased you enjoyed them & cheers to you Lavinia! <3
So much power in such a little creature, Cindy.
Yes! They are like these intense little dynamic energy generators. When they are close you hear and feel the intensity of their energy.
Cindy, love that lesson. When we don’t control the greedy among us, they leave the rest of us without food and other basic necessities of life.
Exactly. Quite a few parallels today.
one of the best thing to watch flying, great job on capturing all that beauty 🙂
Thanks much and agree they are amazing to watch!
you are much welcome 🙂
Superb photos, as always!
Very pleased you enjoyed & thank you for taking the time to tell me~
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You amaze me with your stunning photography, Cindy. Glad all is well back at home 🙂
Ahhh, thanks so much Judy & cheers to you my friend~ <3
beautiful flight shots cindy…:-) <3
Very pleased you think so & thanks!
Sehr schöne Aufnahmen, danke Cindy…
Ernst Sie sind sehr freundlich! Danke und hat ein wunderschönes Wochenende~
Temporary peace, I’m sure! 🙂
Usually they are peaceable out here at The Holler and so far, so good!
Grazie mille! <3
Ahh…so glad you got the greedy one under control.
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Love those hovering hummingbirds Cindy. Great captures 💛
I am very happy you do & cheers to you Val! <3
Winged jewels. Great photos. Glad you managed to elude the dominating greedy one. If only it were as easy in politics.
My thoughts exactly! <3
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I don’t even know how you go about capturing humming birds in flight. But if anyone can it is Cindy Knoke back in the Holler and catching up with the inhabitants. Beautiful photos as always.
I am so fortunate to have such amazing friends! You are a light in so many lives Sally! <3
I love every post of your Cindy dear. informative interesting and
Ahhh, you are a lovely soul Tanveer. Thank you so much. You touched my <3 !
<3 you too
So glad you got the greedy little capitalist under control, Cindy! How fortunate you are to live in such beautiful country. I did extensive research on Hummers for my first novel and learned so much about the little buggers. Here’s a video I love and thought you might enjoy as well. Love to you and the tweeters in The Holler 💜
How wonderful! I know that sound so well, as well as the hum of their wings when they zoom by my head! Thank you Tina for the wonderful video! <3
You’re welcome, Cindy. I’m so glad you enjoyed it ❤
Truly harmonious. I particularly love the shot of the one with its wings fluttering. 🙂 <3
Hummers can hover and he was hovering which is hard to get in focus. Thank for noticing & cheers to you my friend~ <3
Love those hummers!
Very happy you do & cheers to you too!
Fantastic photographs! How beautiful these little birds are 🙂
Makes me very happy that you enjoyed them! Thank you.
what a beautiful series of images. you would love Ecuador’s share of hummers, but you have a pretty great ‘supply’ right there at home!
I do but Central & South America always beckon and I will be there for a month in December!
I love a good news story, high five for putting the little dictator out to the bushes. He’s probably relieved that he doesn’t have to fly around like a maniac all day too. Win/win !! I’m really happy to hear there is harmony in the Holler brought by moisture again. Earth is really getting an ass kicking and I’m relieved with these ‘good-news’ stories. Happy days to you and your little feathered wonders too! Boomdee xo
We certainly need good news don’t we. The onslaught of negative news is soul sapping. Of course you lucky Canadians have Trudeau so you don’t wake each day embarrassed by the news which is such a blessing as I bet you know! The earth is getting it’s ass kicked. It is beyond irresponsible stewardship to try and deny this. Ah well, The Holler hummers are harmonious, the orioles chatty, the dovers peaceful, the grosbeaks gorgeous, and life is very peaceful here in Hollerdom, with just the animals and us, the way I like it! Love to you my friend~ <3
LOL, yes eat your heart out, Trudeau is my man. He’s articulate, empathetic to those with less than he and helps woman succeed where others find us a threat. He’s never pretentious and will say hello to anyone. Oh, and he’s handsome too.
I wish he could be yours too, buuuuuuut, no deal. We’re keeping him! HA!
But we would trade you Justin Bieber and Trumpster in a package deal!!!! 2 for 1, tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum, for Trudeau!
I never noticed Trudeau was handsome. I am not that shallow of a person and I never lie.
(Except this once!)
LOLOLOL You make me laugh!
Once again, AMAZING!
Awww, hugs to you my sweet friend~ <3
Peace and harmony nned to reign across the world, Cindy! 🕊
I like how you try to be the gentle giant, adding another feeder in under the shadows. 💞 💫
Well, the hummers are now peacefully co-existing. Now we need to try to get humans to do the same!