Monday, December 15, 2008
Although this photo is nothing special as far as photographic skill, it's the first time I've actually been able to get a reasonably clear photo of a hummingbird, so I'm showing it. And, I was able to hold the camera steady without a tripod. That's a feat for me!
The hummingbird is a male Anna's Hummingbird. Anna's Hummingbird lives year-round in this part of Arizona, but I don't see them a lot this time of year. They are territorial and aggressive during mating season. Surprisingly, they make a lot of noise for their tiny size, and they like to dive at other birds, and even people! One went after my husband when he was working on a trellis in the garden a few weeks ago.
These hummingbirds don't just stick to flower nectar. They also consume insects and spiders. I had always heard that hummingbirds seek out red flowers first, but I've since learned that they don't care about the flower color, it's the sugar content that attracts them. In my garden, they like the Tecoma stans 'Orange Jubilee', Caesalpinia pulcherrima (Red Bird of Paradise), and Calliandra californica (Baja Fairy Duster). They go for the flowers of these plants first before going to Tecomaria capensis (Cape Honeysuckle) or Justica californica (Chuparosa).