Friday, August 21, 2009

hummingbird heaven

"it's a bird that can hover!"
if a beach-jogger's favorite bird is the sandpiper, then a helicopter pilot's favorite would have to be the hummingbird.

last week, after visiting friends in south carolina, it became apparent that spending $10 on a hummingbird feeder might be well worth the investment.

these little monsters are not only fun, but they can serve as a great meditative focus. ..south charlotte hummingbirds seem to be a bit territorial, and it's not uncommon to observe the alpha hummingbird in the act of chasing away other, lesser wannabees.

below are a couple of back porch pics:

below: the feeder


















below: a hummer samples an in-flight meal


















hummingbirds like to chow-down on sweet water, and those in the 'neau suggest a 1:4 sugar-to-water ratio.

for best results (and no bees), find a hummingbird feeder that has long, thin feeding holes.

then, select your favorite beverage and settle-in for some flapping-good entertainment.




* the top and bottom pictures were taken (march, 2009) at a resort near volcano arenal, la fortuna, costa rica. ..there, dozens of hummingbirds appeared to project much more of a "share, and share alike" mentality.




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4 comments:

  1. My latest meditative focus - unsought for - was a particularly dull episode of CSI. Or maybe I just slipped into a bland writing incuced coma!

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  2. Those pictures are so neat! I've always thought having a HB feeder would be nice. My SIL has one and they have a TON that come to their feeder. I'd love to be able to capture some good pictures, too :O)

    ~*~ Wendy ~*~
    CalvaryGirl

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  3. hi, no one!

    the only thing more meditative than that would be to blandly write a dull episode of CSI.
    :) lenman

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  4. hello, wendy!

    welcome to wIe!

    you'll love the hummingbird dance. my camera isn't cooperating, but you'll be able to get some GREAT photos.

    let me know how it works out,
    :)lenny

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