At rest

Posted: February 13, 2016 in Nature
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In the front desert-style yard, of my parents’ Arizona house, there’s a tree.  One of the first days I was there, I spotted a small, green bird perched on one of the very top, very small branches.  Using my telephoto lens, I got a closer look and confirmed my initial impression that this was a hummingbird.  It’s so unusual to see a hummingbird at rest that I could scarcely believe it.  Day after day, there it was, perched, if not on the same branch, on one in the general vicinity.  Our supposition was that there must be a nest hidden somewhere in that tree and even though the branches and foliage of the tree aren’t thick, I doubt a hummingbird nest is very large and I never spotted it.  Truthfully, I didn’t look all that closely, just enjoyed spotting this colorful character day after day.

I tried to identify it and my best guess is that it’s a Berylline hummingbird.  Take a look if you like and see what you think.  If you can confirm (or deny) that guess, chime right in.  Naturally, if you deny, I’d love to hear what type you think it is.  But no matter the name, it’s a little beauty shown, in this photo, with a few ruffled feathers.  Hey, we all have days when our feathers get a little ruffled.  Doesn’t make us bad birds!

© janet m. webb 2016

  1. Sue says:

    It does look a bit ruffled, frayed at the edges even!

  2. macmsue says:

    They’re gorgeous little birds and you’re very lucky to have one posing for you.

  3. Perhaps if the shadows were brought out in post processing that would help me guess. Do you have any other images.? Can you describe details such as head, tail, bill, and wing color/pattern? What part of Arizona? This page lists some

    • I did use that site, which led me to the one to which I linked. I’ll check my other images, but as it was always this far away, most of them are very similar.


  4. julieallyn says:

    What an incredible stroke of good fortune! Beautiful bird. Fantastic shot!!

  5. Beautiful, but since it is Valentine’s Day weekend maybe he just needs a sweet treat to calm his feathers. 🙂

  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Very colorful, Janet. The vignetting really helps to tie the colors together.

    • I find the vignette is very versatile and often just enough to feel like a frame, and give that effect, without actually being one. I still really only use Picasa 3 and I know I should invest in Lightroom or Photoshop, but I don’t really know which would be best and have been just doing nothing about it. 🙂

  7. Dan Antion says:

    Great photo. I love it when they sit close to the edge and high in the tree.

    • Thanks, Dan. I don’t see enough here in Naperville, although I had one taunt me several times last summer. It would be hovering around our butterfly bush, but even if I moved slowly, by the time I’d get my camera, it would be gone. The bush is on the other side of a large window, so it could obviously see me.


  8. I often see hummingbirds take a break from searching for food in my garden. They are the most fascinating of birds.

  9. Joyce says:

    I don’t know enough about these birds, or any for that matter to confirm it is the species you mentioned, but it is a beautiful one, for sure, and love the photo here. Also, I can sure relate to not getting “our feathers ruffled”. 🙂 The important thing is not to loose our feathers entirely over it when they become ruffled, but rather smooth them out before they expose the worst in us. 🙂

  10. Justine says:

    I always feel so lucky when I see a hummingbird! I think it’s a good sign.

  11. Leya says:

    Oh, how lucky you are! And the shot is gorgeous! I have never seen one except in capture.

  12. vbholmes says:

    Great photo, Janet.

  13. ChristineR says:

    We have many wonderful birds in Australia, but miss out on hummingbirds. Some of our little honeyeaters will hover but not a patch on your hummingbirds. I’ve just had a read about this one of yours and think it is most likely a female or immature bird as it has the white patch on the throat. The mature males pictured all have those gorgeous green feathers all the way down the chest. A lovely sight and I can understand the thrill. 🙂

  14. mithriluna says:

    Such a lovely capture! Last year when I was in Phoenix, I was excited to see hummingbirds especially when one just perched on a branch for a minute or two. My pictures are a little dark but I will have to dig them up and take a look at them again.