Busy, Busy Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

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It’s been about three weeks since I shared the female Ruby-throated Hummingbird enjoying her winter so far in the Hong Kong Orchid trees along The Broadway in Everglades City.

She is still here to my delight, and I hope yours!

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

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“Peek-A-Boo”
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

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“Nailing the Back-Arch Competition”
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

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I overexposed this next image but loved the overall bird framing.  So I tried my hand at a black and white process, then with two crops.  I couldn’t decide which I loved better so I’m sharing both.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

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By golly, we’ve got great news!  This pretty gal now has a male friend who is also hanging around the same orchid trees.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male)

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male)

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male)

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“Look Ma, No Wings”
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male)

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“Going In For The Prize”
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male)

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Maybe there’s more to this winter meet-up between this pair!  hehe  😉

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57 thoughts on “Busy, Busy Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

  1. What a wonderful collection of hummer photos, Donna! I love seeing them feeding in flowers – much more appealing than feeding at the feeder, when it comes to getting pictures. Lucky you!

  2. You must know that I like them a lot. Every year I wait until they visit my backyard. Great pictures, my friend. Take care! 🙂

  3. Nice set, Donna! I’m glad they are having a good winter. I won’t see ours here until early May. Amazingly, they seem to remember where I hang plants for them. If the plants aren’t in that spot, they will hover looking for them, sending me scurrying to the nursery. 🙂

    • Thank you, Eliza! You probably know, the majority go to Central America, but sightings are showing a few are stopping in southern Florida and the Keys for their winter. Who could blame them! I’ve also since learned there are some RTHs now becoming year-round residents and are breeding in lower Florida. 🙂

      • Interesting! Why not save all that energy and danger crossing the Caribbean only to have to make the return trip a few months later? I imagine that with all the residences now in S.FL, between the landscaping and folks using sugar feeders, they find plenty to eat there.

  4. Did you catch any mating or territorial displays? Our Anna’s male gets close enough to almost part my hair when he is feeling his feeder under threat! He creates a metallic sounding buzz at the bottom that wild dive. Took us a while to figure out what was creating it.

    • No mating displays that I’ve seen but I have heard the buzzy chatter when one comes to the other’s tree, lol. Then a quick chase happens. I’ll keep my out eye for more of their fun!

    • They are happy birds! There are five orchid trees total, three of the trees are in a row. The male will not let the female sit in the first big tree, he chases her away. She’ll sit in the last tree. The middle tree is up for grabs always! 😉

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