Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Anna's Hummingbird male
Finally a good photo of a Hummingbird. Although common year round in Shoshone,  Anna's Hummingbirds are extremely challenging to photograph.Their iridescence is elusive. The aerial battles between hummingbirds
are intense. The males occasionally put the loser in combat to death. I have observed  male Anna's Hummingbirds
 Caught a bug!

attacking formidable foes like Cooper's Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk, and Loggerhead Shrikes.

Anna's Hummingbirds breed around Shoshone, and the fledglings come to the feeder and the garden hose pond in May and June. Only the female builds a nest. The males do not know where the nest even is. They defend good territories with flowers, nectar or feeders. During breeding season the females are charged admission to enter the territory!

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