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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hummingbirds - Amazing Slow Motion

Fly, Shake, Drink
in Amazing Slow Motion
National Geographic
They move so fast that human eyes see only a hovering spot of color, a blur of wings. But when frozen in time by high-speed cameras, hummingbirds yield their secrets.

Hummingbirds live exclusively in the Americas. The smallest can weigh less than two grams. The largest, the giant hummingbird found in Peru and Chile, tips the scales at around 20 grams. You could send something that weight in the U.S. mail with a single first-class stamp. World’s smallest birds is just one of several distinctions that hummingbird species claim. They’re the only birds that can hover in still air for 30 seconds or more. They’re the only birds with a “reverse gear”—that is, they can truly fly backward. And they’re the record holders for the fastest metabolic rate of any vertebrate on the planet.
Hummingbird Tongues
in Stunning Slow Motion
Hummingbird Pool Party

As hummingbirds flutter into the scene, each has their own particular bathing style. Many choose to stay and relax in one place, while others have a more hyperactive personality. These high-strung birds take a quick dip and then, just as fast, are out of the water again. Because the video is so short, it’s worth watching a few times to observe how each of the individual hummingbirds interact with the pool—it’s fascinating.

While it’s not unusual to see one or two birds in a bath at a time, Wild Wings notes this particular sight is an anomaly; hummingbirds can be territorial, and the tranquility seen here doesn’t last. They write, “You’d never know they will be harassing each other in five minutes’ time.”
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 Hummingbirds Bathing
Community Bath with Goldfinches & Housefinches

Hummingbird Playground Fountain" by Sprink-L-ites
Hummingbirds love water watch these Anna's Hummingbirds bathing, with Costa's Hummingbird, Male Goldfinch, and Male Housefinch, all playing in and sipping from the water streams and splashing in the basin.
Bathing & Playing
in Morning Sunshine

Hummingbirds bathing in the water stream and playing in the flower basin. Early morning sunshine, look at the shadow. 
These Hummingbirds bathing are like little clowns playing in the water.
This fountain was designed especially for hummingbirds after watching them bathing in my sprinkler demo system. 
The fountains are available in limited quantity and only hand made to order signed and numbered. The custom acrylic water spitters feature color changing LED illumination creating a beautiful nighttime display. 
The hummingbirds bathe and dance on the water streams. 
Sometimes the hummingbirds are using the water jet like a treadmill.
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