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Hatchlings..finally!

The second set of Anna's Hummingbird eggs finally hatched. I removed the first batch of eggs from the nest about six weeks ago, when a storm flooded the nest and the female abandoned them. She returned, as she does every spring, to try again. The eggs hatched over the weekend and this horrid shot is the babies' first public photo.

 

Every morning I climb on two stacked stools and take a quick peek or picture. The nest is right outside my door at work. This morning I had on a skirt instead of pants, so it was a bit of a production. Once in the tree, with the wrong shoes on, I wasn't doing a very good job of (a) holding the palm fronds back and (b) keeping the camera steady. Tomorrow a ladder from the maintainance staff and slacks are on the agenda :-D

 

Best viewed very small...bad picture of ugly (but wonderful) little birds! Looking at this on my laptop screen, the birds and nest are larger than life. The nest has an external diameter of ~ 1.5 inches. The babies are a large as the first digit on my smallest finger. Very amazing. Also worth noting: the very un-hummingbird-like beaks.

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Taken on March 8, 2010