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Saturday I paid another visit to the wildlife refuge with the Anna’s Hummingbird chicks to see their progress.  Seeing them was nothing short of amazing! Each visit brings new delights, and wonder to my eyes and soul.

They were bigger and their feathers, and colors were more like Hummingbirds now.  I must have just missed Mom when I got there.

Anna's Hummingbird 3 wks old

It wasn’t long before she returned to feed them. Here’s probably the last image I’ll have of them together as a family.

Anna's Hummingbird Family 3wks

After feeding the chicks rested a minute. Then the one on the right got very active flapping its wings preparing for flight.

Spreading their Wings

Preparing for Flight

…and before I knew it it did an in flight turn just milliliters above the nest and BOOM! it was on the branch! ” Ta Da! Look! I’m as big and beautiful as Mom!”

Looking Just Like Mom

Siblings on the verge of Adulthood, and Flight.

Anna's Hummingbirds 3 weeks old

I heard yesterday that they are flying around well above the branches now. They’ll be leaving the nest today I think.

I feel so blessed and lucky to have seen these two delightful gifts of nature.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2017

More to come…





  1. These photos are amazing, Deborah! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing these moments of the little hummingbirds learning to use their wings! 🙂 🙂

  2. Oh, this was such a fabulous set of miracles you shared with us, Deborah. I absolutely loved the baby hummingbird sibling pair, as well as the sweet, dedicated mother. 🙂
    In person, you must have been quite taken with the fascinating episodes in this family’s early beginning.

  3. so delightful!! My smile for the day!

  4. Fantastic shots! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this series of beautiful photos, Deborah. I’ve never seen hummingbirds that weren’t in motion. This was a special treat.

  6. Wow – look at them grow!

  7. I’m guessing you were barely concealing a squeal of delight when you saw that attempt at flight! 🙂

    • Oh yes, I’m animated and ohhh, and ahhh when I see something great in the birding world and everywhere. 🙂

      • I’m not a birder, but I get really excited when I see something special too.
        Yesterday it was a massive flock of geese flying in 3 separate formations … honking all the way. The noise was incredible! We heard them coming long before we saw them 🙂

  8. FANTASTIC captures Deborah! I am looking forward to the hummingbird’s return.

  9. Glad you caught them before take off. Fabulous.

  10. Fabulous photos

  11. Is there anything more beautiful than a hummingbird. You are a lucky woman to have the skills to capture these photos. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  12. Deborah, you are capturing an amazing event with exceptional skill!! Well done and thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much for this lovely comment Cobus! I’m glad you stopped by and liked the story.

      It’s been sometime since you stopped by, and I haven’t seen you post on Flickr in some time. Hope that changes. 🙂

  13. Wonderful action series, Deborah! So cute!! And what an experience to witness, melts your heart, doesn’t it?!! 🙂

  14. It’s amazing how quickly they’ve grown! Such beautiful creatures. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Isn’t amazing how fast they become adults!
      Thank you so much for looking and for the comment Amy! I’m glad you liked the images.

  15. Fantastic, Deborah, thank you for sharing such a joyful event 🙂

  16. Such a treat to witness and record. Excellent shots!

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