A Female Black-chinned Hummingbird and a Bee Plant

Female Black-chinned Hummingbird feedingFemale Black-chinned Hummingbird feeding – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited and not a set up

The patch of Rocky Mountain Bee Plant where I photographed migrating hummingbirds last summer is very sparse this year but I was able to capture a few images of a Black-chinned Hummingbird female in the area yesterday. Hummingbirds pollenate as they sip nectar from plants and if you look closely you can see two more insects in this frame with the hummingbird, a long yellowish beetle and there is another insect at the tip of her bill hidden by the flowers.

Black-chinned Hummingbird hovering at Rocky Mountain Bee PlantBlack-chinned Hummingbird hovering at Rocky Mountain Bee Plant – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited and not a set up

The brief appearance of this Black-chinned Hummingbird delighted me yesterday as she fed on the Rocky Mountain Bee Plant.

The hummingbirds are on the move as they begin their migration to warmer climes and before too long they will be gone leaving me longing for next spring when they return. Each one I have seen, heard or photographed has delighted me this summer, they are such amazing little birds.

Mia

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