Saturday Greetings to everyone!
I don't often post such sketchy photos, but I've been trying for some time to show what a male Rufe looks like when he approaches a female.
This often happens in a mere few seconds and like these photos show generally deep inside tree leaves.
The feisty little Rufous male approaches a female, flares his iridescent gorget and flies back and forth in front of her ... Hoping to catch her attention! If you look at his form (even in these blurred photos) you will see he is quite the dazzler! Have a great day... TerryV
Tiny Titans battle in the treetops
More sketchy photos.. this time cropped images shot way up in the top of a large maple tree. A pair of Anna's Hummingbirds do battle over territory and breeding rights!
Survival of the fittest is how nature works, and the fittest creatures get to reproduce and carry the next generation forward!
I watched a real scrap 2 days ago between this bird and a male Rufous ... Legs are the weakest parts on a Hummingbird, so possibly a target? When this guy comes in to feed, he only perches using the other leg. Hope he is able to recover... Life can be very harsh for these small creatures!
Summer 2023.. I just received notice that my blog has been awarded a distinction of being one of the top 10 photography blogs in Canada.
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