Summer Hummer

Friends, this is a young hummingbird, probably a male, the black streaking under his chin is where the red gorget will become apparent after his winter molt.  There were two siblings fighting over the feeder near the visitor’s center yesterday and i sat for an hour, shooting their antics.  I like the tiny feet in this image and the tongue showing beyond his beak.  The tongue is not a straw but two fibers that collect nectar by capillary action, he can “lick”  the nectar from the source with a tongue that can move 13 times per second, wow fast, til Tomorrow MJ

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About mjspringett

Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on July 29, 2012, in Birds, Crex Meadows, Nature, photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. incredible shot! good catch!

  2. such a beautiful little creature, you have stopped the action very well, it must look like a blur to our eyes!

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