Ruby Throated Hummingbirds Are Starting To Arrive



The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are starting to appear.  I’m guessing we have about 6 or so right now.  Strangely enough, I don’t know if we’ve gone a month this summer when we didn’t have them, but then it was only 1-2.

One thing I learned from taking pictures of them tonight, is that I am out of practice once again for taking pictures of these fast birds.  I’ll get there, just be patient with me and the quality of the pictures.

From what I can tell, we have one older male, and the rest are juvenile males and females.  Since we are only looking at around 6, there should be many more arriving.  A couple of summers we had 50 of more.  It would be nice to see that many again.

So, for the first Fall Migration of the Ruby Throated Hummers, here they are.

Let’s call this one Big Daddy

Older Male Hummingbird Standing Proud

Older Male Hummingbird Standing Proud

This other fella is just a juvenile.

Young Male Hummingbird Resting On Fence

Young Male Hummingbird Resting On Fence

I like the angle this one is flying in, I just wish it was a better picture with a better background

Hummingbird Flying Towards The Camera

Hummingbird Flying Towards The Camera

These last two are Hummers getting nectar from the Cigar Plant.  Every year they love this plant

Hummingbird Flying Near Cigar Bush

Hummingbird Flying Near Cigar Bush

Hummingbird In Flight From The Back

Hummingbird In Flight From The Back

I’ll be working this weekend on trying to set up some better shots with the better lighting in the morning

Cesar - I saw my first hummingbird here in Houston August 18th.

The plant of choice so far for them has been my Dwarf powder puff plant. The interesting thing about this plant is that it blooms for like a week then dies off for about a week then blooms again and the cycle starts again. Which I find very interesting for a plant, basically it’s a constant bloomer. I might end up making it the main border plant if I still don’t see them going for my flamenco cupheas.September 2, 2010 – 1:44 am

Diana - I can’t believe you’re disappointed with these pictures. I’m lucky to catch anything other that a blurry flash of feathers!September 2, 2010 – 8:30 am

texdr - Thank you Diana. It really takes practice, and in my case, a decent memory to recall what camera settings I have used because these birds are so quick and small. I just feel these were as sharp as I would like. Hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to get some better shotsSeptember 2, 2010 – 8:56 pm

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