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We are known as PaWingers or just The Wingers by our Geocaching friends. When we found our first cache we had to come up with a name to log the find. We came up with this name simply because of residing in Pa. and because one of our many passions is cruising this beautiful country on our Honda Goldwing. Aside from geocaching we are passionate about most anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling and biking. We are blessed beyond words with a wonderful son and daughter in law. We're also blessed with some terriffic family and friends. We consider ourselves very fortunate due to the fact that after being married over 40 years we still enjoy these things together.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Capturing Images Of The Tiny Flower Kisser

The Ruby Throated Hummingbird has a few different names.  It's known by some as the Flower Kisser.  The Spanish have a couple of names for it that are descriptive for their behavior such as Chupaflor which means flower sucker and Picaflor which means flower nibbler. The Portuguese call it the Beija-Flor or Flower Kisser.  I affectionately call it the fast little freaking bird that is difficult to get pictures of.

Hummingbirds are actually extremely fascinating.  They are a tiny little birds that can do things that no other bird can do.  Did you know they flap those little wings about 60-80 times per second and their heart will beat 1220 times per minute while in flight.  Speaking of wings and heartbeats, listen up for a moment.  Hummingbirds can beat their wings in a full circle making them the only birds that can fly forward, backwards, sideways, up, down and even hover.  They can even fly upside down for short distances.  Now are you understanding why it's so difficult to get pictures of them?

Let's talk about migration for a moment.  Everyone knows that a lot of bird species migrate south for the winter but don't give much thought to this amazing journey each winter.  Did you know that Hummingbirds also migrate?  Some make a 2000 mile journey from as far north as Canada and head south to wait out the cold winters in Panama.  This little trip requires a 500 mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico.  At an average speed of 25 mph that non stop flight takes over 20 hours over water.  Pretty amazing, huh!

These images were taken in the backyard and feature the Ruby Throated Hummingbird.  The females don't have the ruby colored patch on the throat but other than that have the same iridescent colors as the males.  This particular evening the males didn't seem to want their pictures taken while the females offered a few opportunities for some images.  As I was patiently waiting for photo opportunities of the Flower Kissers, I was continually teased by a couple Bluebirds and one vibrantly colored Cardinal.  They'll get their chance!

Oh, this is going to be SWEET!!

Getting lined up with the Sweet Nectar!

I'm in and enjoying!!!  Yummy, this sure is tasty!!

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