Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Action
Archilochus colubris
Sept. 2, 2012

Ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) have been enlivening the State College, Pennsylvania, area for over the past week. Now, whereas I've a parallel pages of yard photos of female and male ruby-throated hummingbirds, I thought to present more action and less thought. Yes, hummers are action-heroes!

First, though, who is that mysterious stranger by the rose of sharon?

A mystery bird

More straightforward action is a hummer investigating the feeder.
Hummer inspects feeder

And no one but a hummer can make such a rapid exit (after eating).
Hummer exit

The following is from the game land this morning.
Hummingbird fluff

But, you might say, the hummingbirfd is sitting still. How is that action?

The answer is straightforward: That hummer is totally fluffed out. He's practicing a form of hummingbird isometrics.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens, on 31 August (first three) and 2 Sept. 2012, for these photos.

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