Small Quick Creatures
I only had a few minutes, so I quickly set my camera down, and repositioned the feeder, so I would have a clear shot from the stone bench just eight or ten feet away. I sat down and stayed still and quiet, and I soon heard a hummingbird zipping around overhead. However, four-year old Isaac from next door was waiting for his sister and brother to get home from school. And he was zipping around on his bicycle, singing, darting this way and that way, and feigning crashes into the rocks, obviously thirsty for some attention. He soon wandered over to see what I was up to, and he stood just inches from the feeder, asking questions, and standing anything but still, as any four-year old will do. So, I asked Isaac if he wanted to see a hummingbird, and when he said yes, I said, “Then we have to be very still and quiet.” Isaac came over to me, sat on the bench, and for the next few moments, didn’t make a move or a sound. Luckily, we only had to wait another minute or so, and there he was. The hummingbird came in quickly with wings singing, darting this way and that way. And as he flew close to the feeder, he made quick adjustments forward and back, and up and down, and was anything but still, as any hummingbird will be. But eventually the hummingbird came in for a drink, and for the next few seconds, except for his wings, hovered almost motionless. I missed their return in April. So, this was the first hummingbird of the season for me.
Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird; Los Alamos, New Mexico
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