There were a couple of reasons why I spent so much time working with this one male Costa’s Hummingbird. His favorite place was in a lower bush, rather than in the top of a tall snag. He would patrol and always come back to a spot where I could (relatively) sit comfortably on a rock and he faced into the sun. Most will put their backs to the sun, which makes shooting them more difficult.
He was so comfortable having me around that I could change my position to get more favorable backgrounds without spooking him. I saw him chase off other hummingbirds and bees from his bushes. But he seemed to realize that I had no interest in stealing his flowers, so he put up with me.
These chuparosa flowers are the source of his yellow forehead.
Be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week.
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