Above slide show of adult male Anna's Hummingbird showing his positioning readying himself for a death defying dive past a perched female, ending in a loud chirrrp as he lifts his tail at the bottom of the dive and pulls up to avoid crashing to the ground. He spots a female, flies to the 1st position, then zoooms higher (perhaps 100 - 125 feet) then flies downward in an act at tremendous speed (approx 60km/hr) all to impress her!
Afer 4 to 6 of these fantastic dives, he rests in a nearby maple tree! (below) whew!!!
In the sequence below, you will see this same Hummingbird at the highest point before diving .... If you watch closely he swivels his head around 90 degrees, prior to inverting his body, then at that moment I lose focus as he dives at 60km/ hr.
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