Colibris del Holler II~

Hovering in mid flight,

reaching speeds of 60 mph,

with a tongue that is longer than their body,

the only bird in the world that can fly backwards and upside down,

weighing about a tenth of an ounce,

and battling for turf and territory daily with their lethal spear beaks,

hummers are flying,

works of art,

with attitudes!

Cheers to you from The Holler Hummers~

194 thoughts on “Colibris del Holler II~

  1. I’ve seen it many times by now Cindy but I’m still so amazed each time I see again by how you can capture such fine detail even mid-air and while their wings are fluttering, it’s really impressive! And good thing too, since they are so beautiful in all their fine detail.

  2. Yes, they certainly are! When I lived in Arizona, I once stopped to watch a mating dance with its drops, loops and rolls as I was starting a hike. On my way back about two hours later, the bird was still in the same location, and still doing his amazing display. I don’t know where he found the energy to keep it up!

    1. Yes the expenditure of energy is remarkable in the animal world. They have to go into a state of very deep sleep called torpor every night or they will starve to death. They also nap during the day and I have many photos of they sleeping! დ

  3. Such fascinating and rewarding birds to watch – truly gems of nature. Iβ€˜m only familiar with Bahama woodstars and Cuban emeralds but I never tire of seeing photos of any variety. RH

  4. They are awesome. I think they have “hovering” capability in addition to forward flight as other birds. I would like to see them doing the up side down. That would be cool!

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  6. Very nice hummer photos. A little crowded at the feeder. I’m surprised, though, at how well they are sharing. The hummers that visit us, it’s a one-at-a-time process. πŸ™‚

  7. Oh my, how did you capture those beautiful photographs? And, how truly blessed you are to be surrounded by the hummers. <3 I've got quite a few that frolic here in the reserve I live in front of, but they're tiny, oh so tiny. At times I can't tell if I'm looking at a large insect …. and then I realized, NO, it's a humming bird! How I wish they were a bit larger, alas they've never been, year after year, though honored and in awe of their presence nonetheless. Thank you sharing these absolutely beautiful photographs! <3 Mmmm if only you knew how my heart, soul and body loved them. Just wonderful Cindy. πŸ™πŸ’— Kimberly

    1. Hummingbirds have a magical ability to inspire human beings to love them. In Peru, the ancient Nazca people carved massive hummingbirds into rock visible only from great mountain heights. It is one of the ancient mysteries, still mystical in impact when seen today. I think I may understand a tiny bit of why the Nazca people went to such incredible effort to honor hummingbirds and make them huge and permanent in their culture. They lived with so many different, utterly incredible species, and they were mesmerized by them. They were wise. Like you. დ

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  9. The hummer pix are as good as any I have seen, and I have seen a lot.  (Also took a few long ago, but they were not worth much.)  Glad to see that U refrain from the silliness of adding red dye to the sugar water in the feeders.

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