Thursday, April 16, 2009

Male Costa's Hummingbird

This is the Male Costa's Hummingbird. No bigger than your thumb, he's the Cock-of-the-rock.

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©2009 ShootingMyUniverse



©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse
Constantly alert, he'll take on all comers. No one messes with his flowers.

14 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

WHAT a beautiful bird Steve, and so small too!! I would love to have some of these around here. I love these shots, especially the one in flight.

Dale Forbes said...

holy cow, that is incredible! who is his stylist?

Dale
http://alpinebirds.blogspot.com

A New England Life said...

I always find it funny that such a small bird can have such a BIG attitude! He sure is a handsome fella! To bad we don't have them on the east coast.

Roy said...

There are no words really Steve for such an amazing little thing.

madcobug said...
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madcobug said...

He is a beautiful little fellow. They amaze me how they attack each other fighting for their food source. Helen

Kristi said...

What a handsome little guy! Nice job!

NCmountainwoman said...

Just beautiful! We have only Ruby-throated here. One has already set himself as defender of one of the hummingbird feeders. What a pushy little guy.

VALKYRIEN said...

Oh my goodness - what a gorgeous bird! I cannot believe the colors on that tiny little thing! Beautiful shots! The third is so full of action!

His big attitude reminds me of my little dog; he is 6 kilograms, and have the attitude of a Rotweiler towards other male dogs! I guess that is how it must be in the animal world! All about survival!

Jenny said...

Hi Steve, it's good to be back in operation again and to view and comment on my favourite blogs. As usual, stunning photos. He's a fiesty one isn't he! I'm just curious, has the name changed from Costa's to Casta's since I've been over to the US?

Steve B said...

Jenny, Oh s&*t! No, there was too much late night posting and cutting and pasting! Thanks for pointing this out!

Thanks for all the comments. I find myself working long hours this week and got behind again!

Steve B said...

Hi Valkyrien, Helen, As fierce as these guys are, I've never seen anyone get hurt!

Hi NCMountainWoman, we just don't get the numbers or Ruby-throated hummingbirds as they do in the west. We used to have six Broad-tailed hummingbirds frequent my feeder, my buddy at work couldn't keep his filled! I've seen fifty Allans and Annas in a bottle bursh tree in California. They would chase each other around and around and around...

I'm with you Roy. I've seen Broad-tails survive fierce spring snow storms. How do they do it?

I know Sheron, I need to get out west and get my hummingbird fix every now and then.

In response to your comment yesterday, Dale, THIS is the male!

Hi Joan, I didn't think about it but these photos are "bigger than life". They as so small. Many species migrate. They are a real wonder.

Anna said...

Wow I could spend all day on your blog, what a beautiful series of hummingbird photos. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)

Chris said...

This is wordless!!! Gosh, an amazing set of pictures, so pure, sharp and full of light and colours... I love them!

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