Birds: Baby Hummingbirds a Few Weeks Old Sitting in Their Nest.
Baby humming birds in a nestClick thumbnail to view full-size
I really enjoy snapping pictures of things with my mobile. One of the object of my attention was the nest of a humming bird sitting just a few chains from my veranda/patio, in a little mango tree.
I tried several times to get a picture of the mother sitting on the nest but was unsuccessful. So why am I so fascinated with this bird in particular? I invite you to read on. The humming/doctor bird is the national bird of my country Jamaica and that makes them a protected species.
The humming bird has a coat of very intricately colored feathers which catches the eye and engages the imagination and fascination of bird lovers. I am particularly fascinated with the idea that the color of the humming bird so nicely displays the colors of the Jamaican flag. Black, green and shimmery gold like colors which are even more evident when the feathers of the bird are hit by the right intensity of light.
The humming bird has been a very important part of the Jamaican folklore throughout the years. The movement of the little birds are rather captivating as they busily fly around in very quick movements or remain stationery for very a few seconds with their wings moving at top speed which is sometimes barely detectable. The mature male bird is rather magnificent with its two long tail which streams behind him as he moves around or sit still for a while.
I consider myself very fortunate to play host to several humming birds who seem to make the tamarind tree at the front of the yard their home and feeding haven whenever the tree is in bloom. One seemingly protective mother bird made a dive at my head once when I tried to get too up close and personal. It seems she had her nest close by. That was my only aggressive if I can it that encounter with the birds. Otherwise the birds are pretty nimble and it is very rare that they allow us to get close to them. Unfortunately I have not been able to get that candid shot of a doctor in motion but I’ll continue to try.
I really love seeing these little guys.