Monday, July 18, 2011

A (humming) bird in the hand ....

Our little hummingbird population seems to be exploding!  I'd like to think the young have left their nest and now are part of the feeding frenzy in my backyard.

Whatever the reason, I'm very much enjoying their visits.  They are just so darn cute!

So cute, I thought I'd try an experiment.  I recruited my daughter, Alex (because she is young and much prettier than this ole girl) to pour some hummingbird juice into her hand and see if they would come to feed.

And guess what?

They did.

If you scroll to the end of these photos (which are SOOC straight out of the camera), I put together a video with some music.  Music which I'm sure will get ripped away once discovered!  But I hope for this limited time on my blog, it plays for you.  








I just had to include these photos ... something about them just makes me go .... awwwwwww ....

Okay, so here's the YouTube video!  It probably took them only a few minutes to come around and then another minute or two with indecision!

Sure hope you enjoy it as much as we did watching!  Look for the hummingbird on the left side of the screen.




54 comments:

Jane said...

Those photos are just fabulous - SOOC amazing! Now I am going to check out the video too.

Snappy Di said...

Oh, Reena.. this is just wonderful! Not only the movie, but just the fact that this happened! I posted a wonderful hummingbird's in Alaska video on my FB page not long ago and they did the same thing with hummingbirds there. Such trusting and beautiful creatures.

Barbara Shallue said...

Oh, I love it! I'm so glad you did it - so very magical! Love that song, too - goes perfectly with the video. Thank you!

Jane said...

The video is truly amazing - I would never have believed a hummingbird would land on a human hand. Just wonderful - what a very special experience for your daughter. By the way I love the Weepies and especially that song.

who said...

Hi, thank you for posting this, in seeing and reading I saw and realized a couple of things.

I never noticed that they kind of resemble another unusual bird, the penguin, or that they may be the only bird who assume the position (of the Angel of the Lord) in the air.

Living and Levitating

well, flying to them is sometimes the same as levitation. But I don't think they do it on purpose and besides they're not really doing it, it's just an illusion (when they hover it's not really time that is stopping, not yet anyway, time stopping altogether would be called eternity)

Margaret said...

What a way to end my day. Truly uplifting. Third photo is magical and the video very special.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Reena, what a precious treasure for both you and Alex!! I wouldn't know how to behave if I had a hummer land in my hand. You are probably seeing a good number of this year's juveniles. It's time for the adult males to already be heading south, so time for me to get my feeders back up!!

Anna said...

Your photos and the video of your trained hummer are all super amazing!!! I really didn't know that they would do such a thing - you must put some magic serum in your feeder!!!! Thanks for sharing this bit of wonder!

A New England Life said...

Just delightful!!! And your daughter was so patient. Not sure I could hold that still. The female hummer was rather nervous wasn't she. Her tail kept fanning out.

Hope you were able to capture the moon tonight!

Oh, and I love that you honored Char on the side of your blog : ) Miss her.

Jill said...

This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I can't believe this wonderful video...the music is perfect with it. Thank you so much for sharing this. It brought tears to my eyes.

Dyche Designs said...

Wow, that's amazing.

Catherine said...

I am so jealous that you have these sweet little birds to watch! I wish we had them here. They are so lovely.

Such terrific images Reena!
xo Catherine

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Okay, first I LOVE hummingbirds and feed them at my home as well and second, that is AMAZING that he was feeding right from the hand like that!! SO cool!

Low Tide High Style said...

Wow, what an amazing series of photos and the song was perfect too, thanks so much for letting me know about the post!

Kat :)

Jillsy Girl said...

OMG...this is the MOST FANTASTIC POST EVER!! I'll be sharing!

Ashley Sisk said...

What great shots. HOw neat that just just came on over.

texwisgirl said...

so beautiful and magical. i don't know how your daughter stayed so still. i'd have been shaking. :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wow I am also amazed. I love hummingbirds they were special to my Dad. This is great to see one land on your daughters hand. h

Cedar said...

So cool! Beautiful captures!

Evelyn S. said...

What a wonderful series of images...and that song is perfect! I've never heard it before. Your daughter must have a very steady hand to hold it cupped like that and wait. So fabulous!

Debbie said...

this is just amazing, so, so beautiful!!!

chills here!!!! WOW!!!!!

faye said...

Very nice..!! Our hummingbird population seems
to be limited to 3

Lisa RedWillow said...

Fantastic, wow. I have never gotten one or even a feather of one. Love it.

Lady Fi said...

Wow! Such amazing photos! Exquisite and beautiful!

Jazzi said...

WOW!! I have been following your blog and I love the beautiful pictures. That was awesome. I am going to post it on my blog so us in blogland can see it. Truly amazing!!

wags
Jazzi

Ruth said...

You are absolutely incredible, just fabulous!

Evelyn said...

Very beautiful images !

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've been seeing hummingbirds around here, and FINALLY put up my feeder on Sunday, we'll see if they come back--I hope so because I would love to get pictures too! They really are cute, but for now the cuteness award still goes to that chipmunk! :-))

Joe said...

That is neat. Never thought one would do that.

Jennifer Richardson said...

so SO amazingly beautiful!
thanks....awesome share!
-Jen

Hartwood Roses said...

Okay, add me to the pile of admirers who are saying WOW and are totally stunned by this. I can't believe Alex sat so still while the little hummer was actually sitting on her thumb!! WOW, again.

Birdman said...

Cool photos.

Leontien said...

Ahwwwwwww INDEED!!! they are absolutely GREAT!

Thanks for sharing
Leontien

beth said...

this is amazing and fantastic and beautiful and ohhhhh, i'm so jealous that you have a hummingbird party in your backyard !!!!

you daughter's heart i bet was pounding loudly as she held still and felt those little wings fluttering on her hand.....SO COOL !!!

Judy said...

Wow! That is something. I love how he bring his head up almost like he was looking at her. Wonderful photos.

Kerri said...

How Fun!! Love this!

Hope said...

what a delightful blessing for everyone who watches that video.. thank you so much for making it and sharing.. it had to have been quite the experience for both you and your daughter ..blows me away that the little hummer landed on her hand..what gentle spirits you both have.. to have had that happen.. heavenly... wow..

Brian said...

They are such incredible little ones! Great pics!!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That's amazing! I just love hummingbirds :-)

Louise said...

I just wandered over here from "Ocean Breezes" and what do I see but this absolutely stunning video. It made me just a little bit breathless. Your daughter must have been thrilled. Thank you for this.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Such a great collection of these fascinating birds! Your daughter is quite lovely, btw, but I'm sure she takes after her mother. :)

Ms. Becky said...

this is jaw-dropping awesomeness! you put together a beautiful tribute to these tiniest of nature's birds, so unique. thanks for this. it's truly a work of art.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos! I love hummingbirds! We have a feeder hanging outside our kitchen window that gets a lot of action. These cute little guys are very territorial also.
One female made a nest on a large bead that is part of a windchime. Amazing...

Madi and Mom said...

Jazzi and her Mom sent us over to see your hummingbird pictures and video. Absolutely amazing thank you for posting them.
Madi and Mom

elizabeth said...

ok now I really need to get a hummingbird feeder!!1

Pat said...

Oh my - that is fantastic. Talk about getting up close and personal. I bet it was hard to keep your hand still all that time! Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.

*Honest Abe said...

Excellent Photography. I also enjoyed your video.

deb duty said...

That is amazing! I can't even get them to come to my feeder, but I enjoyed your video!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

amazingly beautiful shots!!
very well done to you!

hope your day is off to a great start!

betty xx

CherryPie said...

Your photos are amazing and so is the video. What a perfect treat and a lovely memory to treasure for you :-)

Ann said...

Wow the photos were amazing but when I saw that video I was blown away. How incredible. What an awesome experiment.

Rena said...

The videos are beautiful and amazing and the video is even moreso! Congratulations, Reena. (and I love your name ;)

Rena

Liza said...

Fantastic! Absolutely amazing. We have tons of hummingbirds too, but I never thought they'd come close to a human. Oh, and your hydrangeas are beautiful too.

Daryl said...

How did I miss this yesterday .. OMG GORGEOUS