Anna’s Hummingbird [Calypte anna] ~ #51

Anna's Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ June 7, 2015

I love the hummingbird. I have seen a few of them already this year, but not clear enough to be able to properly identify them to add them to my 2015 bird list. While walking the trails at Reifel we came across a totally generous birder who had his scope set up and pointed at a hummingbirds’ nest. He told us the female would take off for a few minutes and then come back to sit on the nest. No young ones were seen so it was assumed she had some eggs in there. So nice of him to let my son and I take a peak, what a work of art that little nest is. Made of spiderwebs and lichen. Too bad my lens just wasn’t powerful enough to snap a picture of that.

After walking around for a few hours I talked my son into backtracking a bit down one little stretch of trail before we headed back to the car. I saw a photographer rapidly shooting at a bush, and when I got into the line of sight of what she was looking at I saw this cute little hummingbird hovering above a bush. I didn’t catch it in time, as it flitted to the backside of the bush by the time I got my camera up. I slowly walked around to the back of the bush and there was the hummingbird, hovering over an unsuspecting ladies head. Still wasn’t fast enough on the draw though to get a good hovering shot (although I did get some blurry pics).
So I was totally thrilled when the little cutie decided to take a break on a bush not too far away, and not obscured by leaves and branches.

Anna's Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird ~ Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ June 7, 2015

I consulted via my flickr page and confirmed that this would be an Anna’s hummingbird, most likely a juvenile female. She didn’t stay still for very long, but enough for me to get a few shots. Can’t exactly explain why but seeing those feisty little birds on that day, and actually capturing one, put a big smile on my face!

The picture below was from last fall and was probably one of the first pictures I’ve ever gotten of the hummingbird. I am still dreaming of my house with a back yard off a green belt so I can set up some hummingbird feeders and sip lemonade in my backyard while watching the hummingbirds come to visit.

Hummingbird ~ George Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC ~ September 2014

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