Saturday, 8th December 2012
FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD - Birds often fascinate us which is why millions of householders actively put food out for the birds in order to attract them to the garden. Watching birds, for many people, is a complete joy but few birds inspire us the way a Hummingbird can.
There are many different species of Hummingbirds ranging from several inches in length to those that are no bigger than your small finger and to watch any Hummingbird feed is completely awe inspiring.
It never ceases to amaze me at the speed in which Hummingbirds can beat their wings and hover completely still while in flight. A simply redirection of a Hummingbirds wing will transcend it up, down, sideways, backwards and forwards with sharp but graceful movements like nothing else compared in any other species on this incredible planet we call earth.
If you are lucky enough to live in a climate where Hummingbirds are indigenous then it is very easy to create an environment that will help attract a wide variety of Hummingbirds to your garden. Here’s an excellent article ‘Catering to Hummingbirds‘ that will show you what types of foods and feeders are appropriate in order to attract Hummingbirds to your garden.
For all those folks who love Hummingbirds, here are a few spectacular photographs showing them in flight. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find a video which shows you an amazing slow motion view of the action – it really is incredible to watch.
I cannot honestly say that among all the photographs displayed here that I have a favorite. Each one is so beautiful. The photograph above really is an incredible image which highlights all the fabulous colors of the bird’s plumage and really does capture the complete control the Hummingbird has in flight.
It truly is a remarkable feat of Mother Nature when you consider that many species of Hummingbirds are so tiny, some no bigger that your thumbnail. The photograph above really does capture this fact when you consider that the flower dwarfs the bird by some considerable margin.
The photograph above is definitely another of my favorites as the photograph is so clear you can even see the pollen on the bird’s beak. Again, look at the size of the flower and compare it to the size of the bird – you really do get to appreciate just how small some Hummingbirds are.
Photograph 4, above, really is stunning and just look at the size of the bill. There are many species of Hummingbirds that have bills twice the size of their bodies, which allows them to feed even in the deepest of flowers. Note in the photograph that it’s feeding from a feeder that someone has placed in their garden. This is such a great way to attract Hummingbirds to your garden and will give you the perfect opportunity to take some great photographs of your own.
With the photograph above this is once again a fine example of showing you just how small many Hummingbirds are. I love the way its wings are upright and its tail feathers are splayed out to give it full control as it approaches the flower to feed. A truly remarkable piece of photography that is was perfectly timed.
With the photograph above you get to appreciate just how fast a Hummingbird’s wings beat in flight. While the majority of the photograph is crystal clear the wings are slightly blurred and this is simply down to the fact that the bird’s wings are moving at an incredible speed to maintain flight.
This last photograph is truly remarkable and shows beautiful control in flight with a head on camera shot. The colors of the plumage are just stunning and the photographer certainly managed to capture is with perfect lighting.
Now for the spectacular video which shows a Hummingbird in flight and in slow motion. This is without doubt once of the best videos I have ever seen on the subject and watching how a Hummingbird maneuvers in flight is simply breathtaking and a pure joy to watch.
Do you have Hummingbirds in your garden? Why not take some photographs and share them on Meebal.com? For full details on submitting content see our Submit Articles page.