Here He Is! Male Rufous Hummingbird

 
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At last, the male Rufous Hummingbird has arrived at our garden nectar feeders. The female hummer arrived last month, so we are really happy to see this little fella now.
This photo shows his lovely iridescent red gorget/throat feathers. He had been bathing in our little fountain bubbler, and was preening here on this branch afterwards. You can see a water droplet on his throat, just below beak, maybe 2 droplets.

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alandrapal - Apr 10, 2008 05:35 AM EDT
Hi Karen and Janice, many thanks to both of you for the very encouraging comments, - that's really nice. Am quite pleased with this one, in that it shows the varying colours of the iridescence on his gorget. It does vary from a beautiful goldy/red to the "just red" colour, depending on the light. (I hesitate to use the words "just red" when it comes to describing these jewels tho'), as there's nothing ordinary about them. The photos never quite do justice to the beauty that shows in reality tho'.
sparkle1103 - Apr 09, 2008 11:54 PM EDT
Alandra what a beaut. The colors are so crisp and vivid.
Karen Moen - Apr 09, 2008 04:06 AM EDT
Ever since you got that lens you have captured incredibly detailed shots of these little jewels. Good eye and good timing complete the beautiful close-ups. Well done!
alandrapal - Apr 09, 2008 03:35 AM EDT
thanks very much, Alan, for the nice comments. We missed seeing this little fella the past 2 days as we were out, - but saw the female hummer feeding here twice before we left. The males have usually bathed here very early in the mornings in previous years, so I'll have to start getting up earlier if I want to see him when he visits at that time :) Otherwise, will have to watch for him just before dusk, when he stops by to feed and bathe again.
bubbalinn - Apr 08, 2008 07:27 AM EDT
Beautiful photo Alandra... Great Job! The colors are so nice and the green background gives you the nice warm weather feeling. Oh the Hummer is really pretty tooooo. :)
alandrapal - Apr 08, 2008 05:58 AM EDT
that's so nice of you all, many thanks for the great comments, am so happy you liked the photo of this handsome fella : ) thanks to all of you, Lorraine, Chriss, Anne, Jas, Carol and again to Gunnar. much appreciated, and am happy to share it with you, he's such a joy to see.
lorraine - Apr 07, 2008 04:07 PM EDT
What a beautiful capture, he has such lovely colours, and you are so lucky to have such pretty little birds in your garden.
chriss35 - Apr 07, 2008 01:54 PM EDT
What a handsome fella Alandra, such beautiful colours and a great shot!:)
A.Lovely - Apr 07, 2008 10:32 AM EDT
I echo what Gunnar said here. The composition is just so wonderful to view. Beautiful color on this bird.
Jas - Apr 07, 2008 09:13 AM EDT
Oh, Alandra, he is just beautiful and well worth waiting for! His colours are amazing, and, as usual you have the perfect picture. Well done! :)
shutterbug - Apr 07, 2008 05:52 AM EDT
What a Handsome bird, his colors are wonderful,Great photo! Carol
alandrapal - Apr 07, 2008 02:50 AM EDT
many thanks, Gunnar, for the nice comments, glad you liked it :) Yes, we really do feel fortunate, having these little jewels visiting our gardens. They fly such a long distance to return here each spring/summer, so we appreciate them very much. We hang a nectar feeder at the front and back garden for them. Plus we buy special plants for our garden, which the hummers especially like feeding from, to attract them, and to help sustain them.
Gunnar - Apr 07, 2008 01:06 AM EDT
Wonderful hummingbird photo! So nice colors, background and composition. You are really lucky to have them so close to you...

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