Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Female Costa's Hummingbird

This is the female Costa's Hummingbird, photographed in the Palm Springs, California desert.
©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

Check in tomorrow for the male.


Dale said...

you blue sky backgrounds are brilliant, they make for a stunning capture of the hummer.

are all three photos of a female? it seems it is a rather variable species as the first bird seems to have little green hood colour, and no purple throat patch (compared to the third bird).

I cannot help but smile when I see a hummingbird - such wonders of nature.
like a bee with wings. oh, that doesnt work. more like a bee with a bill and feathers. that's better


SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I think we need to move to Palm Spring Steve!! :) Beautiful shots.

Kallen305 said...

Gorgeous picture of a gorgeous bird! I love the splash of purple on its neck.

A New England Life said...

Won't is be wonderful when our own Hummers show up in a few weeks! As tiny as they are your photos make them look large Steve. She's one pretty lady.

I always enjoy watching them scratch their necks like a dog! lol! Got any of those photos?

Ginnymo said...

Awww! What sweet little birds they are. What beautiful shots of them!!

Craig Glenn said...

Great shots Steve, the last one's not male?

Craig Glenn

giardigno65 said...

Wow ! very very nice photos

Tabib said...

Oh.. what a beak! straight and sharp like a nail.
Beautiful photos with clear saturated sky colour.


They are so sweet, those wonderful small birds! I guess I will never have a chance to see them in real life - so your shots will be my comfort!

The last one, with the purple dots and almost green/gold head is so beautiful!

Steve B said...

These are females and possibly juveniles. Tune in tomorrow, I’ll show you the other side of the story.

Kelly said...

...very nice. Love the sky and the bird is so beautiful. I think Joan is right...we all need to move to Palm Springs!

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