We're located about 50 miles southwest of Ft Worth, Texas. There are a lot of different birds here but there aren't a lot of different kinds of hummingbirds. According to the field guides, we might possibly see the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, or maybe the occasional Rufus, but the most prevalent hummer we'll see is the Black-chinned Hummingbird.
Our daughter has several feeders along her wrap-around porch and there are days she has to fill the feeders each morning. Our motorhome is parked about 100' from her house... we have 2 feeders up.
Male Black-chinned Hummingbird
The male Black-chinned hummingbird is metallic green above, and, if the light is right, you'll see a violet band just below his black throat. Iridescent colors in birds aren't created by pigments but are produced by minute particles in the feathers and the reflection of different light wavelengths. I've been shooting hundreds of photos trying to capture the beautiful violet color of the male's neckband, but haven't been very successful. The light has to be "just right"... and I have to get my timing exact. I feel kind of like I do when we're at the beach and I'm trying to get a photo of the "green flash".... love the challenge and just know someday I'll succeed.
The Female Black-chinned Hummingbird
Like many species, the female is pretty nondescript.
The males are quite territorial and guard "their" feeders... If another hummer approaches...
The males will have their favorite spot to perch and watch the feeder and dive-bomb any encroachers. Doesn't keep other birds away... just makes the aerial maneuvers interesting to watch. Most hummingbird feeders have several perches... makes a person wish they could explain to that little bully if he was willing to share, they could all have a nice drink.
No wonder people used to believe there were fairies in the garden....
If I saw this hovering above a hollyhock or trumpet creeper, I'd be likely to believe in fairies too!
That's All For Today!