The most,

hummers get,

to rest,

all day.

Their daylight hours are spent packing on calories,

to survive their torporous nights.

Cheers to you from the resting hummers~

(Click the photos to enlarge if you would like to see more detail.)

196 thoughts on “Seconds~

    1. Thank you Eliza. I love the feathers details too. You can see their tubular structure. I have one photo that is so microscopic I didn’t post, but it looked like a creature covered in little iridescent tubes დ

  1. Hi Cindy !-Those photos of Hummingbirds at rest are amazing. I didn’t know they would do that at the feeders. I’m sure they sleep somewhere but not at the dinner table. Something I read years ago (and I’m not sure where) might be useful for you next year. If you leave out brightly colored bits they will use them in nest building. “If you get lucky and a hummingbird starts building a nest close by leave some colored cotton fluff or down feathers near by. They will use it to build and line their nest and you will have an easy to find colorful nest to look at. The writer learned this from her grandmother, who had many red and pink nests in her garden.”

    Great post and beautiful Hummers. Please pardon typos – blurry eyed. Best, Babsje

    1. That makes sense and I didn’t know about the colors. I do leave nesting materials out and we have platforms. They use the nesting stuff but not the platforms. I will try the colors in the spring. Thanks for the heads up დ

    1. I’m happy you enjoyed them. It is interesting to see their tiny hollow tubular feathers β—Ÿ(β—”ΰΈ±β‚€β—”ΰΈ± )β—ž ༘❀️❀️❀️

  2. Love these wonderful close-ups! We were told by the DNR to take down all feeders in our region (among others), so I’ve not been feeding hummers, or any other birds, all summer. Occasionally, one will hover near the window to glare at us but I never have my camera ready at those times. LOL!

    1. I wonder if this is because some people don’t properly clean and maintain their feeders leading the spreading of disease among birds. I’m sorry you can’t feed your birds and I know they are too. დ

  3. Dear Cindy,
    GREAT pictures.
    Aren’t there the hummingbirds important in Huxley’s “Island”? If we remember it correctly their call sounded for him like “be here now”.
    Thanks & cheers
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. How synchronistic that you should say this. Note prior comments regards patience and Zen. Hummingbird photography is a complete “be here now,” activity for me. It requires time, patience, and total attention to every second. It is Zen personified. I think the birds in the island were mynahs. Mynahs are talkers, whereas hummingbirds are hummers, and very rapid tick tick tick tickers, like clocks on hyperdrive! πŸ˜‰

        1. WP is messing with us again. They sent the email to say you left a *Like* on my last post, but they didn’t see fit to add your Gravatar to the post. I mean, how hard it can be when it is supposed to be automatic. Isn’t it why the parent company calls itself *Automattic*? I guess we’re not supposed to notice.

          1. Laughing…Don’t get me started on WP. I’m not sure if we’re supposed to be reassured by their automatic-automation-algorithms? I am trying to come up with adjectives for their statistical methods, their amazing follower/unfollowing algorithm (or glitch?) posts one follows not showing up in the reader, non-visibility of followers list, etc. etc. My husband is a Phd bio-statistician. I think, he thinks, speechless is best πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  4. I’ve missed a number of your posts Cindy over these pas few months. This morning I brought my husband along for the journey. Together we enjoyed so many of your photographs. It was fun viewing them as a collection. Thank you.

  5. Such gorgeous photos Cindy. I’ve been seeing hummers all summer on a tiny forest trail that almost no one uses. There’s a section where I hear them always that I’ve now named Hummer Hollow. Today one stopped (briefly!) about 1.5 ft from my face, and then later another flitted around a bit and then sat on a tiny branch to say hello. Magic!

    1. Smiling……They are winged magic. Coming close like that means she/he wants to know you better. I think it is quite an honor. When they really know you, they hover so close to your eyes that I make my eyes not focus on purpose, because it is a bit disconcerting, how much I trust them: knowing for sure they will be both so skillfully precise to not hurt my eyes, and so honorable, that I know they never will. Love to you Alison დ

      1. ❀️❀️❀️ I walk the trail past Hummer Hollow almost every day (rarely miss actually) so I think they are slowly coming to know me. I feel so honoured that they seem to be coming a little closer. xo

          1. One of them came closer today – 12 to 18 inches, dancing around in front of my face for several seconds, then flew to sit on a nearby branch (twig) where I could see him/her. So magical I was in tears. (Pretty sure they are anna’s.)

            1. Makes me so happy! Keep hiking there. At some soon point, you may be physically frozen, not daring to move, or scare them off, as they hover fascinated less than an inch from your eye. Don’t worry they are the most precision flyers in the bird world. And they like you.

  6. So cool you shared these darlings. Just this morning, every time I peeked around the front door at the feeder, a particularly talkative & charismatic individual flew right to my face & said something. I don’t know what, but my intuition told me that he or she liked me almost as much as I liked it, that it appreciated the freshly made drink, and just possibly, it was playing peek-a-boo. I’m going to miss these tiny friends.

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