So after work today, I decided to photograph each of these six possessive males, and document them here, so that you can see them too. When I go into my kitchen to make tea throughout the day, I can see two of the Anna's males - one outside the kitchen sink window and one outside the patio doors. When I walk through the living room I can see another Anna's perched beside the hanging fuschia and jasmine. As I cross the dining room, there's another Anna's perched in the plum tree, standing vigil over the feeder hidden under the pepper trees. Then, when I go into Dr Desert Flower's office, I can spy the Rufous hiding in the oleander beneath the two feeders. And each time I return to my office, outside my window is a very feisty Rufous (this month) who sits in the lemon tree outside my window, menacing any creature who comes near his feeders, including a lizard that was at least 5 times the bird's body mass who had climbed up the wall behind the jasmine I planted here, and who probably would have enjoyed dining on the Rufous if he'd come within striking range.
For those with slow internet connections, these are each 4 to 6 megabyte jpegs, so you might want to view them when you're on free Wifi and not roaming on a mobile device.
|Office Window Rufous quaffing refreshing nectar after chasing off a rival|
|Office Window Rufous perched in the shade of the lemon tree|
|Hungry patrolling lizard, beside the lemon tree|
|The Rufous in the oleander outside of DDF's window, looking up at me; taken at a 58.5X zoom "thru window" setting|
|The living room Anna's, guarding both feeders visible from the couch.|
|Kitchen door Anna's, perched in the dwarf palm, 3 feet from his guarded feeder|
|Kitchen sink window Anna's, looking down at his feeder & the human with a camera pointed up at him. (58.5X zoom)|
|The immature juvenile in the plum tree outside the dining room window; he hasn't gotten his full plumage yet|
Below are several other hummingbird related shots taken over the last few weeks, that I thought turned out pretty well. I hope you enjoy them too.
|2 juvenile males cautiously sharing the feeder outside my office, while the Rufous is off chasing away another challenger.|
|Thirsty Rufous outside of DDF's office window|
|A mature male Anna's, June 7th outside the dining room in the plum tree, before moving onto bigger nectar feeders|
|He was rather a ham, and liked to pose, as long as I stayed inside the house (yes, exact same bird as previously pictured)|
|Under the dwarf palm outside the kitchen door, last week. Maybe I should call him Tyrion?|
|The plums last week|
|After picking 1/5th of them|
|Mature Anna's male in the front yard palm tree, ready to fight the Rufous who hangs out there.|
|Iridescent Anna's in the lemon tree, before the pugnacious Rufous chased him away, last month|
|Same Rufous last month; this shot taken as I crouched in the door of my office's closet to get a different angle.|