Ruby-throated Hummingbird video

August 19, 2014  •  2 Comments

What does a ruby-throat think about at this point in the summer? Here, he sits and scratches, twitches and preens, heart pounding. He must be bothered by tiny mites. The more I watch him, I wonder if he chases others to build endurance, to protect valuable food sources knowing that he will soon be leaving on a long journey. This male has crossed the Gulf of Mexico before, perhaps in many springs. That flight may be up to 500 miles and take 18-22 hours, non-stop! In fall, probably due to hurricanes and the terrible loss of birds, the trip will mean following the coast of Texas back into Mexico and Panama. 

 

The music is Windancer from Secret Garden. You can read more about the amazing migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds from Lanny Chamber's website:

http://www.hummingbirds.net/migration.html


Comments

Brian Hall(non-registered)
Thanks Margy! It's great to get such a close-up view of these creatures that are normally so fleeting. I know they occasionally take a break, but I seldom get to see them.
Jo Alwood(non-registered)
The music is perfect. (I'm always looking for good royalty free music. If Windancer is royalty free, please let me know where you found it.) I've never seen a Hummingbird make as much of a display of his tongue as this one did after the one minute mark. Excellent footage, Margy.
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