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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D300S
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625/100000 second
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300 mm
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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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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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kayaksailor Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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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hclausen Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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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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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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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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
:rofl:

thanks :blowkiss:
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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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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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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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