Mar 27, 2010

Anna's Humminbird...

My King Edward Currant tree..
popped into full bloom a couple days ago..
It is a favorite of the hummingbirds,
and they are all over it!

This is a female Anna's Hummingbird,
they live here year round in the Puget Sound.

The males have just started their courtship dives this week...
When a female comes into their territory..
the male flies up to 100 feet in the air,
 and dives down towards her,
at rates of up to 58 mph!
at the end of the dive they pull up and flare their tail feathers..
making a series of loud squeaky noises.

(click photos for a larger view)

Today  I am joining Camera Critters

Thanks for stopping by,


Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hello Bella, Great pic's of the humming bird caught during it's flight. Ive seen them doing this dive courtship last week while weeding the garden. I wasnt sure what he was doing. But now I do. Thank's for the info. Have a good day. ... Julian

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful...which reminds me to get my feeders down and scrub 'em up for the season!!!

Here's MINE --White Winged Dove sittin' in a tree C O O I N G!!
[scroll down a bit in my Saturday post]

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Oh, it is beautiful! What a pleasant sight to see.

A Garden of Threads said...

Beautiful, cannot wait until the hummies arrive in Southern Ontario. I just love them. Thanks for sharing:)

Debra@Common Ground said...

Such gorgeous photos, love hearing about the hummingbirds! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Cool pictures of the hummingbird! You must have a good camera to get those "action" shots! Mine would be blurry!! LOL
I had some flowers that are supposed to be hummingbird faves, but I haven't seen any in my yard. :-( We don't have a lot of trees though and the yard is pretty open, so I'm not too surprised.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Hi. Coming by from Camera Critters...These are wonderful action shots. (I am not good at capturing hummingbirds.) I enjoyed learning about the courtship behavior as well.

Snap said...


Just gorgeous! I love the little clicks the humming birds make. Great shots. Well done!

Marilyn said...

The hummingbird pictures are amazing. It's very unusual for any to be out here where I live. Thank you also for the wonderful pictures of the current tree. I've never seen one of must have a variety of plants in your area that don't survive the dry, hot summers and cold winters around here. Thanks for sharing! ♥♫

Lady Dragonfly said...

This is so wonderful!Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn said...

You got some great shots of the little hummingbird. It is too early to have them here yet.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Fantastic shots! Thank you for sharing them.

Darryl and Ruth : )