Sunday, August 5, 2012

Flying Jewels




After a very slow start this year,

hummingbird activity has intensified lately.

Watching them can be quite mesmerizing.





As they jostle for position at the feeders and flowers,

the air is filled with the whirr of their wings and their squeaky chatter.

The pattern of their movements blurs into a rich tapestry of light and color.





 Like bright jewels, they they dart through the sky with lightning speed,

but they are impatient beauties,

battling each other without provocation,

using their long beaks as swords in combat.





However brief the victory, for the winners, there is a sweet moment...





...drinking in that energizing nectar.



But they'd better watch their backs.












The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only hummingbird species in the Ozarks,

 and only the male has the distinctive red throat patch.





Thanks to Kim Klassen for her wonderful texture, Elevate.


Linking with Texture Tuesday
and Wild Bird Wednesday.

33 comments:

Brian King said...

Fantastic photos, Connie! That first one is awesome! All the hummingbirds must be at your house! Activity here is next to nothing.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Beautiful photos, they really are jewels of the air.

S. Etole said...

Great shots of these little jewels.

Sandra said...

Beautiful hummingbird shots, Connie. They are all amazing, but I have a soft spot for photo number 4 with the blue flowers.
I always enjoy visiting your blog and saying hello and to see your part of the world, so different to mine!
Have a beautiful week! Sandra

Kia said...

Gorgeous hummingbird shots, Connie! :)

Pat said...

These are beautiful shots, Connie!

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Connie,
What a great shots!!
It's fantastic to see these fluttering birds.

Many greetings,
Marco

Gillian Olson said...

Hummingbirds are a favorite of mine and your pictures are wonderful.

Madge Bloom said...

Wow, look at them all!

Lisa Gordon said...

Connie, these are absolutely stunning photographs. I have never seen so many hummingbirds in one place. I especially love the first one. Such perfect timing.

I hope you've had a wonderful day.

Rowen said...

I can see why you called them flying jewels, they're gorgeous.

Mona's Picturesque said...

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. I'm speechless ♥

kelly said...

i just adore hummingbirds. i'm in NE oklahoma and hummingbird activity has been slow here too. love how you've captured these little beauties. :)

cathy @ ma vie trouvee said...

I am amazed at how you are able to capture photos of the hummingbirds...but then again, I am amazed at all of your photos!

Kim Stevens said...

Holy cow, these have to be some of the best hummingbird captures I've seen! Just, WOW!!

Deanna said...

what fantastic captures...just beautiful, takes my breath away!!

Linda/patchwork said...

You got some wonderful shots.
I have to say I'm jealous that you have so many at your feeder at once. Ours just fight with each other. It's so annoying. There are plenty of seats for everyone.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Bellísimos colibrís.. La primera foto una preciosidad.. Enhorabuena..

Gary said...

Beautiful, Connie. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

Great photos and amazing to see so many hummingbirds all around the feeder.

Andrew said...

Wonderfyul images..

eileeninmd said...

Amazing hummer photos. The next to last shot is my favorite. Just beautiful.

Larry said...

Super shots of the hummers Connie! That first one is a real beauty but knowing how difficult it is to get good action shots of these speedsters, the third photo with the two birds suspended in flight, the lower one probably chasing the one above, is just amazing!

Stewart M said...

WOW! I know a lot of people have said it but these are great!

I really like the one with all the birds around the feeder.

I'm booking a trip right now!

Stewart M - Australia

Ruth said...

Those are fantastic images Connie, just wonderful :)

Dave said...

A really lovely post with some wonderful images

Sharon K said...

I have not been able to look at your blog for some time; what a delight to be rewarded on my visit with such fun and beauty in this post.
Thank you for reminding us of the Almighty Creator who put these jewels in the setting of our lives, giving us one more reason to reflect the glory back to Him!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Stunned, I am stunned at how many hummers you get, for mine all just have battles over territory, even with several servers, on different sides of the house. In fact this year, they are hardly even visiting, but staying next door;'( Your images are outstanding as always Connie~

i stora drag said...

How lovely photos you got on this little bird, which I never see in my country! It is so sweet, and not even bigger than a big insect to me!

Beautiful! Thanks for your comment!
Greetings Pia in Sweden

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, I love such views. I am greeting

Łucja-Maria said...

Wow!
Images are dudne, wonderful, wonderful!
Lucja

Jennifer Richardson said...

I've never seen so many of these
beauties
all clustered together
at once
before!
what brilliance:)
thanks for sharing,
Jennifer

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Great set. I'm anxiously waiting for the migration. I have about half a dozen, but expect many more in the coming weeks. So excited!