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The Genius of Birds: Watch a Hummingbird’s Tongue in Action – Amazing… Especially for you Hummingbird Enthusiasts

Video: FLIGHT: The Genius of Birds – Hummingbird tongue

David  Klinghoffer/Nature News:  We recently got a hummingbird feeder for our back porch and my kids were delighted to see how quickly the local hummingbird population discovered it. I tried to explain to them what’s so amazing about the creature’s tongue.

In order to fuel its heart and wings that can flap up to 100 times-per-second, a hummingbird must eat several times an hour. This groundbreaking sequence from Flight: The Genius of Birds illustrates the system of mechanisms that enable a hummer to consume several times it body weight in nectar each day. The DVD & Blu-ray are available for purchase now – visit http://www.illustramedia.com for more information.

Watch this clip from the new Illustra documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds. Paul Nelson’s commentary is also very eloquent and interesting.

Marion/JOMP:  We have a hummingbird feeder and it is both fascinating and enjoyable to watch the little birds.  My father-in-law who suffers from Alzheimer’s gets a childish joy from watching them.

h/t to George King

August 24, 2013 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animal behavior, Animal Related Education, animals, Just One More Pet, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Albino Hummingbird

A rare treat… an albino hummingbird.

Something that is seldom seen and almost NEVER photographed

Albino hummingbird

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Fifteen-year-old photographer Marlin Shank was fortunate enough to capture several images of a rare albino ruby-throated hummingbird while in a park in Staunton, Virginia

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Very high quality photographs for such a fleeting subject…

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Enjoy… this rare and beautiful sight!

h/t to George King

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Just One More Pet, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | , , , | 3 Comments

Hummingbirds

This is something I have  never even heard of or seen before.   This woman lives in a Hummingbird fly zone.   As they migrated, about 20 of them were in her yard.  She took the little red dish, filled it with sugar water and this is the result.

The woman is Abigail Alfano of Pine, Louisiana – she had been studying them daily and one morning put the cup from the feeder (with water in it) into her hand.  Since they had gotten used to her standing by the feeder they came over to her hand.

She says in touching they are as light as a feather.   Abigail also said, ‘if she had known her husband was taking pictures she  would have put on makeup.’

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These pictures are amazing~~

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