Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
September 2007


Ruby-throated hummingbirds, or all hummers for that matter, are remarkable in flight, as shown below.
Ruby-throated hummerbird in flight
  However, only on rare occasion have I come across a perched hummingbird (a female, since her throat is white, not red).
Fluffy: a ruby-throated hummingbird
  Hummers are such trim little things while flying. Where did she get all those feathers to fluff out so?

The female hummingbird is a little less fluffed here, but I thought the open bill to be interesting. She doesn't appear to be so much perching on the branch but to be a part of it.

Fluffy: a ruby-throated hummingbird with open bill
  The point to fluffing seemed to be for relaxing and preening.
Fluffy: a ruby-throated hummingbird preening
  From other photos, it appears to me that the ruby-throated hummingbird, or Fluffy, can swivel her head 180 degrees.

Photo note: I used a Pentax *ist D, with the SMC-A* 200mm macro lens for the first image and the SMC 1000mm reflex lens for the remaining ones.

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