*Fat is beautiful for hummers*

Discussion in 'Birds' started by coffee, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Hummingbirds preparing for fall migration need a lot of fat for a long journey back to south.
    They say that the hummers can bulk themselves up nearly twice as big as their original size.
    Humm....if you weight 160 lb and bulk yourself up to 320 lb,that would be a serious problem
    even when you just try to walk or bend over.
    When I was in AZ shooting hummers,I noticed that some hummers looked a bit chunky and
    some were really fat. I especially noticed in White-eared hummingbirds.
    The fat hummers can still fly but to my eyes,they seemed to be a bit slow.

    #1 is a really fat White-eared and #2 is a bit chunky but he doesn't think he's as bad as #1.
    #3 is a Anna's hummingbird and he's in a good shape and looking up other guys saying " OMG, what's the hell...."

    Hide

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  2. LindaP

    LindaP

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    Nov 16, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    Very nice shots. My hummingbirds still look really thin, but this is the week they usually leave to go South.
     
  3. What pretty hummers! And that's the first time I've ever seen a fat one! I hope to have some by next year! Gotta get busy building a little flower bed that I hope they'll like!
     
  4. Beautiful shots... I've had a feeder up for five years straight and not one bird to feed from it. In the spring I see them feeding from my flowers but never the feeder. Again nice capture.
     
  5. Wonderful selection of images - lovely work
     
  6. Thank you,Linda. Here in So.CA,I've never seen a fat hummer like that,
    either.


    Thanks for looking. My neighbor is a hummingbird fan and she's using many
    plants that hummers like and several feeders. And she gets most hummers.

    Thanks for looking. When vegetation is thick,hummers don't have to rely on
    a feeder much at all since thay can get enough nector from plants. But you
    may want to place a feeder neaby the flowers where the hummer come to.
    Also, do you make sugar water with 1:4(1=sugar,4=water) ratio?


    Thank you,John.
     
  7. I'm in love with the first shot. Here in Los Angeles, we keep our hummers year round. Beautiful pictures......

    Laurie
     
  8. I have never seen the like!! amazing shots buddy.
     
  9. Thank you, Laurie. We have some year-round hummers in our desert but
    I've never seen a fat hummer like that.

    Thanks, Ray. A rare hummer indeed. I hope they flew back to south o.k.
     
  10. Lovely iridescence in those first two.
     
  11. Amazing colors and look really beautiful!
     
  12. Wow, nice shots. Mine are still skinny. Maybe they will be staying for the winter.
     
  13. AtlPikMan

    AtlPikMan

    Sep 21, 2008
    Atlanta Ga
    Man that 1st ones Chunky....You sure she can fly...:eek:
     
  14. Thank you, Jen.

    Thanks for your comments. In AZ, only at Beatty's Guest Ranch,Miller Canyon,
    you can see White-eared.

    Thanks for looking.

    Amazingly,he could fly with that bloated weight but not as fast as other hummers.

    Thank you, Louis.
     
  15. BirdLady

    BirdLady

    Jan 8, 2006
    Alabama
    Beautiful series, Hide! Keep on feeding them.
     
  16. Those are some amazing shots. Your hummer images are really outstanding.
     
  17. Simply outstanding Hide! You sure get quite the variety there. Care to send some of them my way?...:confused:
     
  18. Thanks for looking.


    Thanks for your kind words.

    I need to go back there again and I probably will.