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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Female)

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Female)
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are solitary. Adults of this species are not social, other than during courtship; the female also cares for her offspring. Both males and females of any age are aggressive towards other hummingbirds. They may defend territories, such as a feeding territory, attacking and chasing other hummingbirds that enter. In late summer to early fall they fatten up for migration. This is important because, as part of their migration, they must fly across the Gulf of Mexico. This feat is impressive, as a 500-mile, non-stop flight over water would seemingly require a caloric energy that far exceeds an adult hummingbird's body weight of 3 grams. However, researchers discovered the tiny birds can increase their body mass up to double with lean mass in preparation for their Gulf crossing. The additional mass, stored as fat, provides enough energy for the birds to achieve the flight. No processing or touch-ups.

Soepkipje, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, Andi Gast, JCW and 14 other people have particularly liked this photo


18 comments - The latest ones
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome catch!
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Stunning shot.
3 years ago.
Kris W (Formerly kmw1018 on Flickr)
Kris W (Formerly kmw…
Thanks everyone!
3 years ago.
Blueman
Blueman
Great shot!
3 years ago.
Chris Sorge
Chris Sorge
Wonderful capture of this speedy little fellow
3 years ago.
Tim Hanko
Tim Hanko
Well done, Kris.
3 years ago.
Jeanne
Jeanne
joli
3 years ago.
bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
sweet and lovely
3 years ago.
Ms.Wisteria
Ms.Wisteria
Well caught
3 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
An exquisite little bird!
3 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Beautiful scene with a Hummingbirg !
3 years ago.
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
Fantastic close up Kris, like the sense of movement.
3 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Good morning my friend. Another wonderful capture.
Have a good day.
3 years ago.
Diana Australis
Diana Australis
Little beauty!
3 years ago.
TKJ1966
TKJ1966
Sehr schön! Danke fürs zeigen.
3 years ago.
Kris W (Formerly kmw1018 on Flickr)
Kris W (Formerly kmw…
Thank you for all the positive feedback!
3 years ago.
JCW
JCW
Très belle prise!
3 years ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
An excellent image Kris, thank you for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
5 months ago.