First Hummingbird photo for 2008

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here's my first hummingbird image for 2008. Believe it's a Rufous female as I saw white spots on its tail feathers. Usually the Rufous males arrive here first, about 2 weeks before the female and immature Rufous, but so far we haven't seen any rufous males here.
It's great to see the hummers here again, whichever one it is :)
captured thru' open front window with telephoto lens Canon 100-400L as the hummer rested on a forsythia twig on our upper border, front patio


alandrapal - Mar 27, 2008 05:12 AM EDT
Hi Beverly and Alan, many thanks for the nice comments, - smiling at yours, Alan. Am glad I took the pressure off : ) Just wish we'd see one of the male Rufous hummers around tho'. So far no sign of any males.
talsi - Mar 22, 2008 09:11 PM EDT
Nice shot, Alandra.
bubbalinn - Mar 22, 2008 05:12 PM EDT
Congratulations Alandra!! "Beautiful photo" of the very pretty Hummingbird. Well I guess I can sleep in tomorrow, no need to try for the first hummer shot of 2008 now ROFL... Great Job!
alandrapal - Mar 22, 2008 04:33 PM EDT
thanks for the nice comments, Carol and Alex. I sure hope yours will not be long in getting back there, and that your snow vanishes really fast, all ready for their arrival. We were so happy to see this one on the 16th when we first spotted it. (at least, I assume it's the same one :)
whittler113 - Mar 22, 2008 01:14 PM EDT
Oh Boy,thats a welcome sight,I hope they take the scenic route here,we still have 4+ feet of snow on our garden.It sure will be good to see them .
shutterbug - Mar 22, 2008 09:07 AM EDT
Wonderful photo of this years Hummer, im so excited to see this years little beauty, cant wait until ours arrive here. Gorgeous little Bird! Carol
alandrapal - Mar 22, 2008 04:33 AM EDT
Hi Karen. thankyou for the nice comments. It does seem early, but this is around the time they usually arrive back here, - at least, it's usually the time the male Rufous get here. But I believe this one's a female rufous. Will have to double check in my bird book, but it has white dots on the tips of its tail feathers. So far we haven't seen any of the little red male rufous hummers here this year. Think they got back here 23rd March last year, but we first saw this one on the 16th March this year. Will re-check on my gallery to see what date they got here last year. There are flowers blooming, all the spring bulbs are flowering, and some camellias, and primulas. The hummers usually arrive when the wild flowering currant bushes bloom, but haven't noticed any in flower around here yet. A neighbour on another street near us has one in her yard, so must look to see if there are any flowers on it when we drive by the next time. It is a little cool at present, - it was milder awhile ago.(not as cold as when you were here tho', - we haven't had it that cold here since : )
Karen Moen - Mar 22, 2008 03:45 AM EDT
Wow, it seems rather early for them to already be there. Are there any flowers yet? Ours don't arrive until May. This is a beautiful detailed shot.
alandrapal - Mar 22, 2008 12:58 AM EDT
hi again, Alex. Yep, we sure are happy to see these little birds here again, have been looking forward to them for sometime now.
Pinetree3 - Mar 21, 2008 10:50 PM EDT
Yahoo...they're here. Nice one. Can't wait to see this year's flock.

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