I can’t quit watching these sparkling little gems. We have two species hanging around at the moment. Anna’s hummingbirds are year round residents. In early spring we get an influx of Rufous hummingbirds who tend to be feisty and it’s fun to watch them chase each other (and others) around. We were sitting out in the garden when one of them buzzed my head. They seem utterly fearless, but can maneuver at tremendous speeds. I had a hard time sorting through the hundreds of shots I’ve taken. It’s really difficult to catch them clearly, or to get the iridescent colors that shimmer and change according to the angle of the light hitting them.
To really appreciate these little beauties, it’s best to click on any image for the slideshow.
You may notice that most of these are the copper colored (when the light is right) Rufous Females. These aggressive little birds chase away the Anna’s for the most part, so it’s been a challenge catching a shot of them. I did manage that one female Anna’s, but the male Anna’s are extremely skittish and so far I haven’t managed any decent shots of them. The are marvelous when the sun lights up their glossy dark rose-red throats and crowns. I’ll keep trying.
I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.
― Franz Kafka