#DPSZOOM: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Sunbathing #Flickr12Days
Project: Backyard Pishing; Private Residence, Talking Rock, Pickens County, North Georgia, USA
Date: 2012.09.19; Fairly sunny after several days of overcast and hard rain
Camera: Kodak Z740 Zoom
In interpretation of Digital Photography School's latest photo challenge, ZOOM, this was taken with the zoom feature on my secondhand Kodak Z740. This female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris, RTHU) did her part by flicking her body around in just such a way it looks like she's just about to.... VROOM-A-ZOOM-ZOOM away. In reality, she was being CUTE and had just happened to be twisting to give some of feathers better exposure to the Sun. Birds do this as part of their healthy habits for keeping their feathers in good condition and free of things like bird lice.
You can never completely swear it's the same bird, of course, but it seemed like this same female Ruby-throated was found in the EXACT same spot on the Willow Tree for about 3 days in a row. Besides her taking the very same couple perches each day, she is also about the only one I saw preening nearly the entire time she sat up there. Most of the others just kind of hang out, albeit still always actively vigilant, in their chosen nectar feeder watching vantage points.
UPDATE :: Absolute latest they've EVER been here.. Were two this morning (Saturday, 2012.10.06).. Temp was ~55 degrees around 8am.. Could hear one chattering to my left as I watched the second one feeding on one of those 4 ounce plant pot stake Hummingbird feeders hanging on front porch to my right. Latest I've ever seen them before this year is just after middle of September...