Look at that Tongue . . .
A flash of harmless lightning,
A mist of rainbow dyes,
The burnished sunbeams brightening
From flower to flower he flies. ~ John Banister Tabb
Hummingbirds are known for their speedy wings (80 times a second) and acrobatic flying talents (up, down, forward, backward and even upside down.) According to defenders.org, hummingbirds hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern and their feet are only used for perching .. no hopping or walking for these speedy little birds.
However, I bet you did not know that their tongues are just as fast. Hummingbirds have a long tongue which they use to lick their food at a rate of up to 13 licks per second. I never realized how long that tongue was until I took these snaps the other day and noticed it by accident. There are numerous more amazing facts about these very special birds here at The World of Hummingbirds.
I stopped putting out a hummingbird feeder a few years ago (because of the hassles with raccoons, bees and ants) however, I am feeding them this year. I always plant flowers they like around the house so that I can enjoy them, but the feeder makes watching much more fun … I have missed their antics.
Now, I have to work on getting a great flying shot of these little birds. They are in battle mode these days .. guarding the feeder and chasing each other away more than drinking the nectar. They do not tend to cooperate with me and my camera as they dart in every direction extremely fast. I am working on it, though … 😉
Please comment on any hummingbird picture-taking tips you have or funny stories about your attempts to take hummingbird pictures.