Afternoon Photoshoot with the Hummingbirds

I must have let the feeders run dry. I saw the hummers land first on one, then the other before flying away. Sorry about that boys. I ran into the house to make the sugar water and cooled it quickly in the freezer.

I washed the feeders, refilled and hung them, then hid in the shed nearby to watch. The hummers returned within minutes. Swoop. Drink. Reverse. Hover. Repeat.

And yes, that was the same little hummer, alternating between ruby red and black. Quite a costume change and I don’t know how it’s done. Isn’t it marvelous?

~ Susanne

22 Comments on “Afternoon Photoshoot with the Hummingbirds

    • Thank you so much, Pete! I’m glad you like the photos! I’m happy with them but still see room for improvement. Fortunately I have daily opportunities to practice! 🙂

  1. Wonderful pictures ! Is the color change caused by the way their feathers reflect the light ?

    • Their feathers are iridescent and refract the light differently from different angles. When I read about iridescence it got too technical for me so I prefer to think of it as magic! 🙂

  2. Beautiful pictures of the hummers! Keep on boiling your water, Susanne, it removes impurities that may harm the hummingbirds, they are very delicate little birds.

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