Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Extra-territorial

This is a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird that I observed over a two-day period at the local arboretum. She had competition and was not going to concede in any way, shape or form. Her feistiness was inspirational. A female warrior. She didn't care that I stood close by. No, this girl had a one-track mind: keeping the competitor away from her flower patch. What a treat this was and worth the sunburn and mosquito bites.





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63 comments:

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Awesome shots of this little beauty. I love these!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow....I love the close up of her tiny feet...and the one where she's dining at the turk's cap red blossom.

Thanks, Gail, for linking up with the bird enthusiasts at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Oh...so beautiful

go grab the Benadryl Gel

Have you checked the NatGeo pic of the day?

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/

Yours are better

Stewart M said...

These images are superb! Not much more to say. Hope they end up linked to WBW.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Beth of ".E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

is the little bird scratching his nose? or foot? that is wild. what a great awesome capture. ( :

nookworm said...

I absolutely love the scratching photo! What cute little curled up feet. So great to see these.

Stephanie said...

The second photo of the hummingbird is adorable! And I love how the middle of the flower looks like it's part of the sweet bird.

Your photos always amaze me, sweet friend. You have a God-given gift and talent!

TexWisGirl said...

remarkable shots. gotta love a girl with sass. :)

Karen S. said...

Oh my goodness what lovely captures, you sure were lucky first to see them and to keep them locked in photos! Very enjoyable.

Irma said...

Hi Gail,
What a great pictures of this hummingbird.
Really perfect photographed, my compliments.

Ela said...

What a beauty :)) And so wonderful shots !

Ela said...

What a beauty :)) And so wonderful shots !

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You got such amazing shots of her! She's gorgeous.

Marie said...

Fantastic photos! Wow! You can see every beautiful detail!

Felicia said...

Awesome images Gail. they are so sharp and have lots of detail.

Frank said...

Fabulous images Gail and such detail.

bas van Es said...

Oh wat is hij mooi.

Kim Stevens said...

Oh my, these are just so incredible!! I have had one at my feeder, chasing away everyone, but so hard to snap a picture of.

June Caedmon said...

I agree, she's worth the discomfort :)

Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful images. I love seeing all that detail in those tiny feathers.

Barb said...

What splendid action photos. She's a sharp eyed feisty gal!

barbara l. hale said...

I have one word to say: Fabulous!

LC said...

Loving your hummer photos and observatiobs!

eileeninmd said...

Adorable shots of the hummers.. They are so darn cute.

hootnonny said...

Amazing pics, Gail! Ruby's a pretty girl...or more likely a boy.

DeniseinVA said...

I am so in love with this little hummer, spectacular photos Gail. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my posts. The food one, this isn't like an Indian Curry, it is a Thai Curry and the flavors are different. It's hard for me to explain and I'm not doing it very well :( Have a great week!

bailey-road.com said...

Gorgeous shots! Don't you just love their tiny little feet?

Barbara Shallue said...

She is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing these with us!

troutbirder said...

Those hummer shots are just plain stunning. Wow!

troutbirder said...

Those hummer shots are just plain stunning. Wow!

troutbirder said...

Those hummer shots are just plain stunning. Wow!

Evelyn S. said...

Well, my favorite is the third one...her bright eyes...the perfect pose and form. Amazing photos, Gail!

Bethany Carson said...

Extremely beautiful shots! Very nice captures of such a handsome bird!

Karen said...

What a treat Gail! Awesome!

Willow said...

Oh my gosh Gail I sooooooo love these shots !!!
Gorgeous , fantabulous .
All our hummingbirds have left for the season .
Great shots ~ really enjoyed viewing them.

ladyfi said...

Wow - you've outdone yourself with these beauties!

My cozy ✄ little space said...

beautiful pictures

diane b said...

Gobsmacking shots. Love the catchlight in its eye . What settings did you use?

Ida said...

Simply amazing. Hard to believe they are so territorial.

Margaret Adamson said...

Wonderful to see these beautiful birds close up in your fantastic shots.

Hannah said...

Your hummer photos are so incredible, they show every tiny feather and detail. The hummer scratching is so adorable, and with one with its bill deep in the flower. So adorable!

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely the best yet, the photographs are outstanding.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; amazing photographs of Hummingbird♫♫♫  She does look like having 'feistiness' and being a warrior.

Hope you are having a wonderful week.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

EG CameraGirl said...

Truth be told, I'm JEALOUS! I have never been that close to a hummingbird!

Buttons said...

Oh your photos always make my jaw drop. Incredible shots. Hug B

Shug said...

You couldn't ask for better shots. Amazing! I have so enjoyed your photos of the hummingbirds....and the detailed photography has been awesome!! Girl...you just keep getting better and better!!
hugs

A View From A Brown Dog said...

What a beautiful bird, wonderful detail as always Gail. Love it

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

hi Gail!

I'm back and I will remain back. I have a new post up today and one for tomorrow and Friday all on the docket. My break was just what I needed. I am half way done with my 28 radiation zaps; 15 to go and things are great!

I have missed you. I wore your scarf today, and I think you'll see it on a post soon.

♥, Renae

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh and love the details of these photos; you never cease to amaze me.

Pantherka said...

Beautiful shots ... I admire.
Greetings.

Brian King said...

These are fantastic!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

You have the patience of Job and we benefit from your persistence. Thanks for sharing.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Nobody does hummers as beautifully as you do! Works of art. You are an inspiration (and so is that feisty bird too of course!)

Debbie said...

oohhh Gail, these are just so beautiful!! We all need more adjectives to describe your images!! Crisp, clear, gorgeous!!

Roan said...

Awesome!

Roan said...

...oh, and old birds are welcome. lol

janiceadcock said...

Wow, amazing shots.

Hilary said...

These are absolutely stunning. I can't believe the detail you capture with these beauties. Just amazing.

BumbleVee said...

Amazing shots!!

Wally Jones said...

Stunning images, Gail! They really are "flying jewels"!

Makes the sunburn and skeeter bites worth it.

Helma said...

So beautiful! So fantastic! Your other blog this gorgeous hummingbird bird I shared on google +. Really perfect photographed and so beautiful to see. A very big compliment!

Indrani said...

Beautiful pics. You take them so well.

Our photos said...

Beautiful bird, beautiful photos!
Greetings...