Thursday, May 2, 2013

Broad-billed Hummingbird

1. twigman-kab Broad-billed Hummingbird 4-23-13

Last week I had the opportunity to visit my friend, Celeste. She lives near the Catalina Mountains and her yard is like a nature preserve. One of her native birds is the Broad-billed Hummingbird. It is one of the most colorful hummingbird species we have here in Tucson. When you look at the bird from below you can see the broad base to the bill for which the beauty is named. While the female is not as colorful, both the male and the female have a deeply notched blue tail that is pumped while the bird is hovering.

2. Broad-billed hummingbird-kab Twigman 4-23-13

Celeste affectionately named her yard bird Twigman. While I was there I was able to get some excellent shots of this most beautiful bird. Here a just a few of them!

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6. Catalina's-kab View of the Catalina Mountains from Celeste’s backyard 4-23-13

Note: It was a sunny and windy day here today so I stayed inside all day. I worked on my Sycamore Canyon blog and processed over 300 photos. I will get back to the story of Chris and my adventures soon!

30 comments:

  1. What a handsome fellow! The bird's colors are amazing. Nice crisp photos, too.

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  2. What a splendid fellow Kathie and such wonderful shots. You are lucky to have Celeste so near you to exchange informations an best birding sites and to just have a kindred birding spirit to share with. I have tried to find birders or birdwatching clubs in my area without success. It would be so nice to invites someone over when you have a special bird in your yard.

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    1. Arija, yes, it is nice. I am so sorry that you do not have someone to share the pleasure with!

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  3. Awesome photos of one of the most beautiful hummers in my opinion! Nice job!

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    1. Gordon, he is really colorful isn't he!

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  4. Love the pretty hummers! Celeste yard sounds lovely! Beautiful photos, happy birding!

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    1. Eileen, thank you! Happy Birding to you too!

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  5. Wouldn't I just love to be able to add such a pretty little thing to MY life list!!

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  6. Beautiful photos, Kathie! The Broad-billed Hummingbird is one of my favorite hummingbirds.

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  7. What beautiful photos, Kathie!

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  8. Oh my goodness ... such a beauty! The feather colors on this hummingbird are exquisite. Fantastic photographs, Kathie! We only see Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in our area so it's always fun for me to view other species.

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    1. Julie, until I moved west that was all I saw as well. I am glad to show off our AZ beauties!

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  9. Hi Kathie

    These are stunning photos. I just love the colours and feather detail you were able to capture.

    All the best.
    Guy

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    1. Guy, I am thankful the bird let me get this close. Of course I moved slowly and I do have a long lens! Since he is in my friend's yard, he is quite tame!

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  10. They just don't make words to adequately describe the colors of these birds, do they?

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    1. denapple, no they don't! But then, they do say a picture is worth a thousand words! ;-)

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  11. Twigman will be delighted when I tell him he is a blog star :) He is such a photogenic model isn't he? :)

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  12. Soooooooo gorgeous! I love how tiny they are. And they make a loud chirp for something so small! I have lots of hummingbirds where I live, but not quite as colorful as this little guy. You must have an excellent lens!

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    1. Bella, I do have an excellent lens, but Twigman is a bit tame having been spoiled by Celeste and her always providing for him! He is well loved!

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  13. Fabulous photos! Also love the view from Celeste's back yard!

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    1. Kathryn, it is wonderful there, like a private oasis!

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Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.