There’s between 4 and 5 different hummers visiting our feeders, all struggling to exert control over this food resource. The balance of power has tipped a few times and right now there’s no clear dominant bird. One zips in and feeds only to be chased away and while those guys are duking it out another swoops in to take advantage.

The hummer to the right in the above picture is clearly unhappy with the interloper, but the interloper pays no heed to the stern look and the splayed tail feathers and continues to drink the sweet, sweet nectar. But he’s no fool. Once the more aggressive hummer take to the air and begins his dive-bombing routine our plucky hero can only retreat.

They’re less and less fearful of me, allowing me to sit outside fairly close and shoot this pics. There’s more in the pipe as I get them processed.

Death From Above
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2 thoughts on “Death From Above

  • August 23, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    I sit outside and watch the humming birds here off and on all day. I have 4 feeders out and about 7 birds so far. They hardly even notice me anymore. Last year there were more than a dozen! My favorite one cracks me up. She’s not the prettiest or biggest (smallest of the year so far) but has the best plan. She sits below one feeder, in the shrubs, and when the bully swoops down and chases the others off, she hovers up and feeds, then goes back down and does it all over again.

  • August 23, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    I so need to get a hummingbird feeder!! Great shots Jay!

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