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Monday, October 30, 2006

The Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are small birds in the family Trochilidae. They are known for their ability to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings, 15 to 80 times per second. Capable of sustained hovering, the hummingbird has the ability to fly deliberately backwards or vertically, and to maintain position while drinking from flower blossoms. They are named for the characteristic hum made by their wings.

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Hummingbirds are attracted to many flowering plants—shrimp plants, Heliconia, bromeliads, verbenas, fuchsias, many penstemons—especially those with red flowers. They feed on the nectar of these plants and are important pollinators, especially of deep-throated flowers. Most species of hummingbird also eat insects, especially when feeding young.

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  1. I havent been posting lately as i have been really busy the last two weeks. I will try to visit your blog as soon as i can.
    Take care
    -ari

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  2. Hi Ari
    I really like this post on hummingbirds, as I am a bird lover, and enjoyed so much learning all your information on them.
    They are quite amazing and beautiful!
    #3 and #5 of your pictures are very
    captivatingly colorful...just beautiful!
    Thanks Ari!
    Take care!

    Margie
    P.S I hope things will slow down for you soon.

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  3. Beautiful pictures Ari. I will never look at a hummingb bird the same way again. thanks for all that info.

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  4. Ari: They are all such beautiful and your got it so well with your eyes:-)))

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  5. Great pictures of such small creatures.

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  6. OK... the 3rd photo blew me away! The colours, the clarity, the focus... One of your best!

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  7. beautiful picture...
    im a great nature lover so these pics just capture me in their beauty...

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  8. Ari:

    Happy birthday november boy:-)) I am not sure of the dates...

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  9. Hey Ari

    Great shots as usual. You really captued some great moments. I think the last one is my favourite, but they are all great - the colour in the first few looks amazing. Well done!
    Joel

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  10. Margie, thanks so much. Me too a bird lover. You can expect to see some birds flying around this blog in my future posts :)

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  11. Starry, thank you. Hummingbirds are cute.

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  12. hpy, thank you. Small creature indeed.

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  13. Corinne, thank you. Pic 1,2,4,6 were the first shots i took with my new telephoto lens. I was still getting used to the big glass. Pic 3,5 were taken recently when i got comfortable with the lens :)

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  14. shruti, thank you and welcome to my blog.

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  15. Priya! how did you know???!? :) :) :)

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  16. Joel, thank you. appreciate the comments from a great photographer.

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  17. Magnificent hummer photos. I found your blog through kimberly's blog. I will be back.

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  18. Is the first flower a kniphofia?

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  19. Amazing images of hummers! And as always your text very informative. Very good ! :D

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  20. The third picture is AMAZINGLY beautiful :).
    thanks for sharing such a calming post :).
    You sure do have an interest in Environmental science concerning birds :D

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  21. Great post. I have always been fascinated by humming birds. How did you manage to capture so many different humming birds? Thanx for all the information too.

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  22. Sorry last comment was mine. :)

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  23. Ari: When you go back in starry post few weeks back, thaz how I know.. Missed my cake thou'.

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  24. photowannabe, Welcome to my blog and appreciate the comments. See you around

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  25. hpy, you are totally correct. That is a Kniphofia plant. They are also called Torch Lily, Red Hot Poker, or Poker plants and are a native to Africa.

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  26. nida, thank you and good to see you back.

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  27. mojindro, welcome to my blog and thanks for the comment

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  28. Suji, thank you. Hummers are attracted to colorful flowers. You need to hang around these flowers and stay real still to watch the hummers buzz around the flowers. Another way of attracting hummers is to create your own feeders. This way, you can have the pleasure of watching these delicate creatures right in your backyard.

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  29. Priya, you are smart and have a good memory. You did not miss the cake though ;)

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  30. Thanks Rauf. Hope you are feeling better now.

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  31. spectacular post,Ari..I always love bird watching..And you made my day by posting these cute birds here..And in the notes somewhere u mentioned shrimp tree..what it is? any idea,Ari?

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  32. what is the camera that u use?

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  33. what is the camera that u use?

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  34. pegasus, All the information you need is on the top right side of this blog under the clock :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  35. awww, they are so tiny ! li'l dinky things ! :D loved the 3rd pic, bro ! one of your best ones, i think ! it's so colourful ! *hugs*

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  36. hmmm @ hummingbird .. it's very impressive that u captured a hummingbird in flight .. patience is a virture :)

    I think a hummingbird does 600 flaps per second .. or was it 300 ?

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  37. Absolutely beautiful the way you have captured the spirits of the Masters of the skies. Thank for this close introduction these birds. :o)

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  40. Anonymous, thank you. i missed out reading your comment completely. I took those pictures in multiple sessions, different times, different places. You need to be very far and very quiet when shooting humming birds. They are fast and fly away at the slightest noise they hear from you.

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  41. Nabeel, thanks. I think i replied to your question on your blog.

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  42. Gangadhar, i replied to your question on shrimp trees on your blog.

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