14 October 2013

Hummingbirds Like It Rough

One of my favorite parts about going up to the family's Grand Lake cabin is watching the hummingbirds in the summer.  As the summer days have faded and my first Colorado winter approaches, I decided to show you a little bit of the action seen from the cabin deck back in August.  The feeders were lively and these little red devils gave me a sneak peak at what all the fuss was about.

If you look at that next to last photo again, you'll see the feathers ruffled as the male pokes his beak into the back of her head.  This happened again and again as he frantically mated with her.  It was quite the dance and all the time she ignored him and continued feeding.  Only after numerous jabs, she finally set off like a bullet and he returned to his nearby perch, standing guard to run interference with rival males or take advantage of feeding females.

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