Female Rufous Hummingbird

Many times, we capture wildlife moments that we will never forget.  This is one of my moments.

When a heavy downpour of rain stopped couple weeks ago and the skies quickly lightened, I had stepped outside on the balcony to check on Osprey teens Bonita & Brad, who were obviously soaked.  I started taking a few photos.

Suddenly, hovering directly in front of me just 2-3 feet away, appeared a female Rufous Hummingbird.  I lowered my camera and just stood there looking at her, utterly amazed.  She kept her hover while she cocked her head side to side, staring right back at me inquisitively.

No lie, I spoke to her, saying, “Well, hello there.”

A few more seconds and she took off to my right, landing on the tree alongside my balcony.  The tree was still glistening with rain drops.

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Rufous Hummingbird (female)


Wet from the rains as well, she did some shakes and began scratching her upper chest/lower neck.  Beautiful black and white feather patterns developed there.

Scratchin’ an itch…..


Before shooting off to her next destination, the female Rufous Hummingbird and I had a final moment, with her fluffing up pretty for me.

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“Looking Pretty, Girl!”


I’ve not had the pleasure of enjoying hummingbirds much personally, so oh yes, I am going to always remember this hummingbird moment!

Interesting fact:
The Rufous Hummingbird has the longest migration route of all North American hummingbirds, flying 2,000 miles during their migratory transits.  (courtesy allaboutbirds.org)



41 thoughts on “Female Rufous Hummingbird

  1. Oh, what a beautiful bird, and how wonderful you could have a private “conversation” with her ❤ We don't have hummingbirds here, so it's a real treat to see them through your photos 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you, Takami! It was an experience I’ll never forget. 😊

      BTW, I just have to tell you, yesterday I had to call a local company here in Maryland and the representative’s name was Takami. Hearing her name made me smile and obviously think of you! 🙂

  2. Wow, how could such a tiny creature travel so far? Amazing! Humming Birds buzz around my home all year, they are so sweet!

  3. You are so fortunate to see this little beauty, I wish I get her to visit me sometime. Great shots! I have a couple of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that eat their nectar very early in the morning and late afternoon, not in between because it’s too hot and the nectar gets warm. Too dark to get good shots. 🙂

    • Thank you, HJ, I feel very lucky with this moment. And then to find out it was a Rufous was even more exciting! I’ve only photographed Rufous’ out west but did just learn they are present much more now on the East Coast. One could show up for you some day…..fingers crossed! 🙂

  4. Did not know that the Rufous Hummingbirds ventured out to the East Coast. Had to go to eBird for various sightings in your neighborhood. The Cornell map showed nothing East of the Rockies. What adventurous little bits of feathers! Yours looks like a slimmer model of our Rufous bunch. Nice that you get them, too!

    • I actually thought it was a juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird at first because I didn’t think Rufous Hummingbirds were present on the East Coast. E-bird shows they are all over, appears they’ve learned to live here as well now. I wonder if they breed here too? I couldn’t find that answer. I had my first sighting of a Rufous in 2016 at the Grand Canyon, but this one moment tops that time for sure! 🙂

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