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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hummingbird on a Branch

It was a wet, blustery day and a little Anna's Hummingbird found respite on a branch in my Winter Jasmine bush.  It perched there for so long, I finally attached my camera to a tripod and set it up at the window in the front door.  Unfortunately, the bird had its back to the window, but you can see its little head moving around, its tongue flicking in and out, and also its tiny feathers fluttering in the breeze.  The bird stayed steady, even when the big gusts rocked the branch.  Although not full of action, the video is steady, also (yay, tripod)!


Later I saw the hummingbird supping on the yellow Winter Jasmine flowers that are blooming on the same bush.  I was frantically trying to point the camera to catch the action, but the tripod became more of a hindrance than a help at this point.  This is the best shot I was able to take:


It was a good day to dismantle the Christmas tree, ornaments, lights, etc. and store them away.  I also vacuumed and washed the kitchen floor again ;)  Exciting, eh?





18 comments:

  1. Great video. It sure is blustery today!!! The still shot is great - considering how hard it is to capture them.

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    1. Thanks JoAnn ~ I'm sure you are experiencing similar weather...right now we are socked in with fog!

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  2. Wonderful video and great capture. Happy 2015 and greetings from Montreal. :)

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    1. Thanks Linda ~ Happy 2015 to you also, way across the country!

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  3. Lovely video and soundtrack. I always think of them as being tropical birds.
    I wish we had hummingbirds over here. They are fascinating to watch.

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    1. Thanks John. Yes, it's too bad they are only New World birds! They can be heard buzzing and zipping around when I'm outside at the feeders or whenever they are zipping by.

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  4. I agree with Midmarsh John! Flighty xx

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    1. Thanks Flighty ~ I'm sure you'd love to see them.

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  5. What a little sweetie. Great video capture. I miss our hummingbirds.. it'll be months before they return so thanks for this.

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    1. Thanks Hilary ~ It is great to have then year round, although I do worry when it does freeze and their feeder nectar turns to an ice block!

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  6. What an adorable video, for those of us who never see them this is such a treat! How cute is that, and it's tiny little body breathing so fast, I'm always amazed they survive in such cold climates.....I loved it's flicking tongue too!
    Sighs......so your floor is STILL greasy then????xxx

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    1. Thanks Snowbird ~ so glad you enjoyed the video. I think its little heart goes a mile a minute...unless it is in a torpor (which I have never seen except on youtube!)

      My floor is clean now... :)

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  7. What a cutie little bird.
    I hope he is enjoying the weather.

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    1. Thanks LL ~ he isn't enjoying this fog, I don't think!

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  8. what a lovely bird, I like how it keeps sticking its tongue out!

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    1. Thanks CGP ~ yes, and it's a very long tongue for the size of the bird...can be up to 4"!

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  9. Hurray for tripod! Never tire of your bird videos, Glo. And tidying up after Christmas and setting the house back to normal are good tasks. Not especially adventurous or exciting (except when you've got a slick floor) but good to have done. Happy weekend to you.

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    1. Thanks Nikki ~ Christmas seems to come quickly, and be over quickly...but some how the set up and clean up takes much longer! Happy weekend to you too :)

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