Friday, February 4, 2011

Hummingbird

"Ode to a Hummingbird"
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
From scarlet
To powdered gold,

To blazing yellow,
To the rare ashen emerald,

To the orange and black velvet
Of your shimmering corselet,

Out to the tip like
An amber thorn begins you,

Small, superlative being,
You are a miracle,

And you blaze.

~~~~~~~

Added note: not knowing what kind of hummingbird I had taken photos of, I visited Kathie over at Kathiesbirds - click here to visit her outstanding blog - and asked her if she could help me identify it for me. She very kindly obliged. Thank you Kathie.

Below is the information she gave me.

"Denise, while I am not an expert, from the photos and the location I think it is a female Anna's. Notice the short tail, short, straight beak, a few spangles on the throat. Anna's are quite common in California and in AZ. They like landscaped garden areas. I would get them in my yard in Sycamore Canyon but they were more common down in Tucson. Female hummer's can be difficult to tell apart but Costa's and Anna's are both kinda short and stubby. Anna's usually have a darker throat and show a few dark pinkish "spangles" on it. Costa's are more tiny and even cuter and have a faint bit of a white eyeline with a grayish cheek path. Both species are seen in California."

27 comments:

Sharon said...

He is a charmer! I have never seen one like this, I have only encountered the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds that are around here. Great shots!!!

gigihawaii said...

Very nice, Denise!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I too have never seen one that colour, and also have never seen one sit still for any length of time.......you know the warmer weather is here when you see the Hummingbirds........we have a ways to go yet!!!

Denise, check out the price of milk for me, as I would be interested to see how much you guys are paying down there........

Gill in Canada

Charlene: the Polarblogger said...

Beautifully captured hummingbird! I like these birds too but unfortunately, I haven't shot any yet.
I also like Pablo Neruda's literary works. They're full of deep emotions.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I went back and looked harder and saw the hummingbird. Nice series.

Jane and Chris said...

Miraculous birds indeed.
STUNNING!
Jane x

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I've always thought that hummingbirds were a little magical. They are so small and that hovering flight of theirs really mystified me and still does. I've seen the video's and read the books about how they do it but I choose to think that it is magical.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful hummingbird and poem.... Hummers are just so interesting to watch. We used to have a bully-one --who would guard the feeder and run off any other hummingbird who would try to get something to eat...

Cute post... Thanks!
Hugs,
Betsy

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Those are wonderful pictures of the hummingbird!

Out on the prairie said...

I wait for their arrival.There is a website that posts their migration in the spring from actual sightings that is fun to watch and gives you a heads up when to place feeders.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, beautiful shots of the hummingbird. Do you know which kind it was? Lovely poem and post. Have a great weekend.

Kathiesbirds said...

Denise, while I am not an expert, from the photos and the location I think it is a female Anna's. Notice the short tail, short, straight beak, a few spangles on the throat. Anna's are quite common in California and in AZ. They like landscaped garden areas. I would get them in my yard in Sycamore Canyon but they were more common down in Tucson. Female hummer's can be difficult to tell apart but Costa's and Anna's are both kinda short and stubby. Anna's usually have a darker throat and show a few dark pinkish "spangles" on it. Costa's are more tiny and even cuter and have a faint bit of a white eyeline with a grayish cheek path. Both species are seen in California.

Kay said...

I love hummers and you have captured some really good shots of this one.

Kay

Sandy's witterings said...

Lovely words, lovely pictures - I don't think I've ever seen a hummingbird sitting on a branch and not flying before (in pictures - in real life, I've just never seen a hummingbird)

Linda Reeder said...

I saw a hummer, flashing ruby, outside my window the other day. I love those little guys.

Carletta said...

I love hummingbirds!
These are wonderful. He looks so different from the ones I normally see. Love his green shimmering feathers.

Kay said...

They truly are flying jewels, aren't they? I wish we could have them in Hawaii.

Cezar and Léia said...

Wow I'm always learning good things with blog friends! it's so wonderful!
Thanks Denise and Kathie!
hugs
Léia

i beati said...

I love them so much I think birds of prey are chasing them away here..

imac said...

She's beautiful.

Carver said...

Fantastic shots of the hummingbird. They are so hard to catch too because they move so fast.

Mary said...

Beautiful little hummer! They are always such fun to see. You got great photos of it!

Barb said...

Those are some sharp hummingbird photos! You're a good photographer. We have green hummingbirds in Coronado, but I never have a camera with me when they buzz by. They sound like giant bumble-bees when they fly by!

I just watched the Black Eyed Peas on the Super Bowl half time show - the glow-in-the-dark dancers were pretty cool. Back to football now... sigh.

Self Sagacity said...

We have a lot of hummingbirds in CA. I miss them in the winter time, can't wait to see them again.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Great photos of her, Denise. I'm pretty sure it's a female Anna's as well. She's a little sweetheart! :)

Margaret Cloud said...

I also have never seen that color. You sure can tell how small they are by the one sitting in the tree. Compare him to the leaves he is setting by. Very nice photos Denise. Have a nice week.

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