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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.
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.
After feeding the chicks rested a minute. Then the one on the right got very active flapping its 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!”
Siblings on the verge of Adulthood, and Flight.
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…
39 thoughts on “3wk Old Anna’s Hummingbirds on the Edge of Fledging”
These photos are amazing, Deborah! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing these moments of the little hummingbirds learning to use their wings! 🙂 🙂
Thank you for looking and I’m so glad you liked the images! 🙂
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.
Thank you so much Robin! I was very smitten. 🙂
Aww, I am so glad you were smitten! xo
so delightful!! My smile for the day!
🙂 So happy to have made you smile! xx
Fantastic shots! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much Sue!
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.
I’m glad you enjoyed the series Dan, thank you!
Wow – look at them grow!
I know right! 1 day old to adult in 21 days!
Thanks for the visit Jodi! 🙂
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 🙂
Geese are so noisy aren’t they. That must have been really cool to see!
Geese aren’t my favourite, by far … but their honking in flight does make me smile 🙂
FANTASTIC captures Deborah! I am looking forward to the hummingbird’s return.
Thank you so much Denise! I hope they do come back to this bush next year.
Glad you caught them before take off. Fabulous.
Thank you so much John! I too am happy to caught them before they flew away. I think I got back there in the nick of time!
I would say so. I think you are somewhat an expert on hummingbirds now. It will be fun to see if the parents return next year.
I’ll be looking for them next year. 🙂
Thank you so much marchescountrylady!
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. 🙂
I feel very lucky! Thank you so much Judy!
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. 🙂
Wonderful action series, Deborah! So cute!! And what an experience to witness, melts your heart, doesn’t it?!! 🙂
Thank you so much Donna! It does melt ones heart! They were so cute.
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.
Fantastic, Deborah, thank you for sharing such a joyful event 🙂
Thank you Phil for looking and reading the post! I’m glad you liked it!
Such a treat to witness and record. Excellent shots!
Thank you so much Belinda! It was pretty amazing.