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NIKON CORPORATION
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Apr 13, 2012, 3:28:13 PM
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Love interrupted by kayaksailor Love interrupted by kayaksailor
I think I interrupted their 'date' :love: Love is in the air!

A pair of Anna's hummingbirds were flying, well hovering, just a few inches off the tile patio when I noticed them...they then settled down on the ground. The male on the right was very vocal with different sounds than the usual squeaks and chitters. And he had his red helmet and cheek feathers all spread like a fan! ,

They were on the ground long enough for me to watch briefly, sneak into the house to grab my camera, come back out and snap a couple shots. I was trying to get them on video when the mood was broken and they flew off ): I've seen a pair in their courtship flutterings but never seen them land on the ground!

More of my hummers here: [link]
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:iconhclausen:
hclausen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
I have seen males drive a rival down to the ground, but never a mating dance like this.  Thank you.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
I'm still kicking myself for not videotaping it :no: but the camera was new and I forgot I had that capability :giggle:
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:iconhclausen:
hclausen Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
I added this to my favorites just now.  And damn those cameras.
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I never saw hummingbirds on the ground!
Beautiful shot! :love:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I hadn't either!!! They were buzzing around just a few inches above and I think they finally just had to take a breather :giggle:
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:iconholland-cavaletti:
holland-cavaletti Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
having to go from point a to point b in an instant (lol) I'd need a breather too :)

great shot! :)
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
:rofl:

thanks :blowkiss:
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:iconkv-arts:
KV-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great capture!!
I saw two hummingbirds sit on the ground before at campus. I'm not sure if they were courting but they were on the ground so shortly that it looked like they had to take a breather from all the chasing they did :giggle: Couldn't see their feet either. Just a flat bum!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
hmmm. I think you may be right about the breather :nod: the little female's tail was flat :giggle:
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:iconkv-arts:
KV-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:lol:

My boyfriend's mom had a nest in a tree over her back porch. When the wind semi-felled the tree they moved the branch to their porch while the tree was removed (single level apartment complex, no backyard). She got some great photos of the 2 babies inside.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
How cool!! Did that work for keeping the babies OK?
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:iconkv-arts:
KV-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she attached the branch to the buglia and kept the leaves over the nest so they felt safe. Eventually they flew away.
It looks like she's back for another brood but built her nest by the neighbor's back porch. They usually come back to the same nest but I also think they come back to the same view. The nest was torn by the time the babies left so she didn't have a nest to come back to.
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on getting a chance to get a shot of these two lovebirds :love: lol.
Hummers are so fun to watch and listen to!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Oh yes, indeed!! :love:
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:iconavinadav:
Avinadav Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Marvelous! :bow:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
isn't it different?! wish I'd been able to video it but at least I got a couple shots :D
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:iconavinadav:
Avinadav Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
I've seen them do their flirting before but never on the ground. Yes, this is awesomely different! Yeah, video would be too cool but I know how difficult it can be to get lol. You guys have the best location for photography!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
My Nikon has the ability to do video but I keep forgetting LOL - I've seen the aerial displays but never having them land on the ground :no: I have to agree we've got a great place :D
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What an awesome experience Ruth. :wow:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
It was! I'm just so sad I didn't get it on video :laughing: The male sounded just like he was trying hard to 'plead his case' :giggle:
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: Something you will never forget :hug:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
So very true :love:

:iconcmac13: says she sees them on the ground a lot - that it looks almost like some sort of domination behavior by the males! She sees them in the mountains of New Mexico...
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well that sounds like a typical male. :laughing:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
:giggle: Indeed :D
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   General Artist
:worship: wonderful
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
lol, thanks :D I've never seen a hummer choose to land on the ground before!
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   General Artist
we see it a lot - some sort of domination behavior on the male's part :nod: :iconhummingbirdplz: :iconwalkingcatplz:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
huh! It did look like that when they were scooting around a few inches from the ground :nod:

(love the kitty econ!)
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:iconnatureguy:
natureguy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot Ruth !
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Thanks George! A new sight, that's for sure :nod:
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:icongood-e-nuf:
Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
This is really cute, Ruth!!

Walt
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
When I first noticed them and they set down, the male was facing me and his hood was sooooooo red - with his cheek feathers all flared :love: He was making such amazing sounds - like he was pleading his case for love :rofl:
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:icongood-e-nuf:
Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Reeeeeeeeejected, again!

Walt
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
LOL, well maybe...but maybe it was "pillow talk" :giggle:
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:icongood-e-nuf:
Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
We had a sex crazed Allen's(frightening) this year who did his little mating act in front of every female in the yard. They make a pendulum type sweep in the yard. Another time he was going up and down in front of a female (may have been a Rufous). Last year I watch an Anna's go through his diving maneuvers with the little 'squeak' at the bottom of the dive; even I was impressed. The Allen's/Rufous struck out ever time, but we will have little Allen's again this year, so I guess he finally scored. Maybe you should open a school for sexually inadequate birds? Your Anna's really looked crushed in that picture!

Walt
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional
sweet
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
:iconlovenodplz:
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:iconkarliosi:
karliosi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing, look like some fallen brooches
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
LOL, they do!!
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:iconorinoor:
orinoor Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
So sweet and such a great shot! We are seeing hummers here too, but nothing like this!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
We've got our regular Anna's with more incoming daily - and I think I saw a Rufous or an Allen's today...it looked a lot must rusty than the standard :excited:
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:iconorinoor:
orinoor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
How exciting! I don't get close enough to see what they are, I just recognize their profile and song.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
I've got one feeder right outside my home office window and the other in the eves of my daughter's Grannie flat where we walk by within a couple feet so they're fairly comfortable with us being close...but the biggest difference is in the overall color of their bodies AND the sound of they make flying!! The Rufous buzzes more :laughing:
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Hummigbirdus Coitus Interruptus or maybe the lady just wasn't interested :icondivaplz: Anyway, good on ya for getting the shots :nod:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
It may have been "pillow talk" :giggle:
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:icondavincipoppalag:
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hummingporn!!!!! hehheeh lol..
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
:rofl: it was!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehehe
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Aawww! You peeping tom ;P
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
:laughing: :blush:
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