Saturday, February 7, 2009

Old Friend, Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s hummingbirds are fairly common in California. This male was shot on top of a birch tree. Hummingbirds are very territorial, often chasing each other around.

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The decorative feathers under his chin are known as the gorget. They look black until he decides to display his colors.

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He can flash his iridescent gorget for a second and his whole throat lights up. Here I was able to capture just a little bit.

9 comments:

Michele said...

Besides viewing your beautiful photos, I learned a little bit more about the hummingbird! Very nice indeed!!

Steve B said...

Hi Michelle, You might get the Anna's in your area. Good to see you up and early this morning!

Roy said...

Amazing colour Steve. Its odd that we have so many similar birds either side of the pond, but we have nothing at all like a Hummingbird.

The Early Birder said...

Ditto Roy's comments, although we do have Hummingbird Hawk Moth that does a passable impression!
Do I presume that the head is totally red on an adult male Steve?

Steve B said...

Hi Roy and Frank, yes, on the Anna's, when he displays, his whole head and throat will flash iridescent red. On most hummingbirds, only the throat will have the iridescent feathers. The juveniles and females only have a small patch on their throats.

Kallen305 said...

Great pictures of that Anna's. I have never seen one before. I love how you were able to get the red in the last shot.

Kelly said...

...very interesting! I didn't know that about the gorget. I would like to see that flash some day!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I know I left a comment here yesterday but somehow it is not showing again. This weekend was really bad as I struggled with my connection the whole time due to the lousy weather we are having.

I love the humming birds. It always amazes me that they can hover in one place like that. I love watching them.

Lindy said...

I can never get a shot of the hummingbirds sitting still, ... I've hung hummingbird feeders around the house to get them to visit, but I'm never quick enough to capture them while they're resting. Nice! I also like the way you've shown the gorget at a fully black angle and then captured it showing the magenta. Great pics!!

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