Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

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© Andrea Petersen
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...The price of wisdom is above rubies...Job 28: 18

I just mentioned today that the hummingbirds haven't found their nectar yet and no sooner were the words out of my mouth when this little female zipped in...

It was pouring down rain for most of the afternoon but it had stopped for a tiny bit when I shot this picture. I'll try to get some better pictures of both the female and male when I am not trying to focus through rain drops on the window....We just put up a new pole stand to hang their feeder on and so far the squirrels are leaving it alone.

*Update: May 23rd. Something did discover the hummingbird feeder last night when we were sleeping and knocked the bottom of the container to the ground so that all of the contents leaked out...Lesson for me is to take the feeder in at night and don't fill it so full. I bought the stand thinking that nothing could shimmy up the skinny pole, especially after it got drenched with rain...Wrong again... Raccoons and squirrels are very clever and they can figure out how to disable anything when it comes to getting food that they like. The price of wisdom has gone up with the price of sugar water:)

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  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (22 May 2011):


  • Anjelikka Kowalski

    Anjelikka Kowalski gave props (22 May 2011):


  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (22 May 2011):

    You have inspired me to hang my feeder! Great shot Andrea!!!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2011):

    wow! classic shot

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2011):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (23 May 2011):

    Terrific shot, Andrea! Spot-on focus!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2011):

    I saw one yesterday for the first time on one of my hanging plants,,unfortunately, I am not so talented as to capture it on camera..this is so great Andrea !

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (23 May 2011):

    A great shot, Andrea..........I'm having to fill up my feeder once a day already....they have been hungry little fellows :~)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (23 May 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your comments...Maurie, so far we have only seen
    two hummingbirds..the female and the male...We don't usually get too many
    at a time...Hopefully more hummingbirds will eat the sugar water in the future
    instead of squirrels and raccoons who are also raiding our sunflowers seeds.
    But I suppose they have to eat too.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (23 May 2011):

    Caught on the wing, FANTASTIC!! love these primary colours too...

  • diana a

    diana a gave props (23 May 2011):


  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2011):

    stunning and fantastic capture!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (24 May 2011):

    "Elegance in Flight" - and not Korean Air :) Andrea, amazing capture. It never ceases to impress me how their flap rate offers them this uncanny ability to remain static in flight.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (24 May 2011):

    This is absolutely beautiful! Wonderful subject, lighting, timing, and DOF. Outstanding work...

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2011):

    What a beautiful little lady hummer, Andrea!! Great shot with gorgeous colors and shutter speed!! Do you have bears where you live? The bears here are taking bird feeders, squirrel feeders, etc., anything they can drag off. I hang everything because of them. Anyway, you have a very gorgeous photo here, my friend!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (24 May 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your comments...Patty, no we don't have bears where we live but I hear they can be quite destructive ...I have even heard of them sometimes breaking into houses to find food...Since I have been taking the hummingbird feeder inside the house now before it gets dark I am no longer having the problem ...Whatever it was, came after it got dark to vandalize the hummingbird feeder before and I have a big hunch that it was a raccoon because the squirrels don't seem to be paying any attention to it in
    the day time.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (25 May 2011):

    Stunning nature and action capture Andrea, love this!

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (25 May 2011):

    An exceptional shot!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (25 May 2011):

    She's so beautiful! What a lovely capture you got of her, too!! One hummer has finally come to our feeder so far, but of course I wasn't home at the time..

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (31 May 2011):

    Beautiful! I love all the elements of this shot!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (2 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful action shot.

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