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Rufous Hummingbird
This is a female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus),
one of many various species of hummingbirds living in the Spring Mountains of Nevada in summertime.

I took this photo on top of Big Falls. I was on my way to Charleston Peak via a very seldom done Southeast Ridge route.
July 2007.

The Rufous Hummingbirds are the most widely-distributed hummingbirds in North America. They winter in Mexico and possibly Panama. Their average weight is: male 3.22 g, female 3.41 g. Females are larger than males.

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hiltrud.liuMajestic...

hiltrud.liu

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such a bird!
Cheers
Hiltrud
Posted Jul 10, 2007 4:51 pm

Anya JingleRe: Majestic...

Anya Jingle

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Thank you Hiltrud. They are tiny little creatures with a tremendous temper and lots of life vigor. I adore them.
Posted Jul 10, 2007 4:55 pm

Arthur Digbeegreat picture!

Arthur Digbee

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How did you train the hummingbird to sit still?
Posted Jul 10, 2007 5:50 pm

Anya JingleRe: great picture!

Anya Jingle

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Thanks Arthur. Here's how I did it:
I took a break in a spot full of thistles in bloom and observed all the hummingbirds for a while. I noticed that from time to time she would stop feeding on nectar and then go sit on a branch near her favorite flower and guard it. Each time other hummingbirds tried to feed on "her" flower she would fly over there and chase them away, then took a sip of nectar herself and eventually returned to the same branch. She kept returning to the same branch and I kept getting closer and closer to it. Finally I got the photos I wanted.
Posted Jul 10, 2007 6:19 pm

HenrykExcellent photo !

Henryk

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I enjoyed looking at it again. Thank you for sharing. Henryk
Posted Jul 11, 2007 2:10 am

Anya JingleRe: Excellent photo !

Anya Jingle

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Thank you. I'm glad.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 3:11 pm

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Anya JingleSubmitted by Anya Jingle
on Jul 10, 2007 4:36 pm

Image ID: 310205
Hits: 3864 
Lat/Lon: 36.27156°N / 115.6946°W
Object Title: Rufous Hummingbird

Image Type(s): Wildlife