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A Trip not taken #21

By handlerstudio  

On a not very bright and rainy day.....there was this hummingbird feeder, with a not too shy hummingbird....Capturing one of these and stopping him (or her, which I think this one may be) is a challenge.

They are so fast..and so territorial. You will often see two....and not so likely three. They can be nasty to "outsiders". In NE United States and Canada, we have only one species of hummingbird, the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. Out west, I think they have more. Where you get to see a lot is in South America. There was a show on Nova, on PBS recently about them. A heartbeat of about 1100 beats per minute. Needless to say, a very high metabolism. The question was, how do they sleep? With that kind of heartbeat and metabolism....they would not make it through the night. The answer is, they hibernate every night, with the heart rate going down to about 50.


Tags: Maine Wildlife and nature Ruby throated hummingbird

Voters: dales, Daisymaye, Chinga and 26 more

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dales Plus
5 13 Australia
19 Aug 2020 1:54AM
Wonderful set of these highly active birds Peter !
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
19 Aug 2020 2:24AM
A good set Peter. They are very speedy little characters. They demand food when the feeder is empty.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2020 2:36AM
Wonderful set !!
Isabel GrinGrin
19 Aug 2020 3:43AM
Great set of Hummingbird images at its feeder, the lead is my favourite, interesting info.
19 Aug 2020 5:24AM
Great lead ...and what a challenge to photograph! They occasionally show up at the feeders here in the foothills of the Rockies , they are more prevalent as you step downhill to the prairies .
Love your stories Peter ,
who would have thought they hibernate like that every night . And with that high a metabolism how the heck do they make the journey south from as high north as Canada ? Lots of stops along the way I guess .
Best regards
19 Aug 2020 6:16AM
Great Peter you have tried your best.
johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
19 Aug 2020 6:32AM
Not an easy assignment you gave your self Peter, wonderful to see and very interesting to Read about, thank you Peter....John
19 Aug 2020 8:26AM
Lovely set, Peter.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1876 England
19 Aug 2020 8:38AM
As ever, a good read to go with the pictures.
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
19 Aug 2020 11:38AM
A great series Peter.
I never seem to see hummingbirds here in Vt,
V4 is my favorite.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
19 Aug 2020 12:23PM
fine series
19 Aug 2020 1:34PM
Great set
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2020 3:04PM
A perfectly timed and captured lead Peter.

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
20 Aug 2020 1:33AM
Takes a quick finger to catch a hummer!

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