Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tiny Feet

We all know that hummingbirds are very small birds, but look how tiny their feet are. This female hummer was either coming in for a landing or taking off. You can see the fluff around its legs and the tiny bird toes as the bird hovers at the feeder, sucking sugar water through its long beak.

This might be one of the juvenile birds that come to our feeder. They have been very tame this summer, often buzzing my head when I work in the garden beds or wield my camera near the feeder.

I watched several plump babies in mid-August and sketched one of them on August 15th. I think that this is one of them, now a hummingbird teenager with longer tail and beak.

Copyright 2012
Wanda Hayes Eichler

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