Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have pictures of one fat hummingbird (and a few other birds) taken by Andrei Volkov:

I think this is a young male ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) because all these spots on the neck and a single ruby-colored feather, barely visible in the second picture:



The metallic rod he is perching on used to support some flowering plants before, but now it serves him as an observation spot to watch after his territory (which includes my backyard with the hummingbird feeder):


He spends a lot of time lately chasing away intruders, some of them being very persistent. Sometimes he flies around the backyard inspecting flowers (with not much success):



. . . and then comes back to the feeder:


All the above pictures were taken on Sat Sept 24, and I think these are this year’s last hummingbird pictures from the area. I did not see any of them today on 25th, and I presume they went south for the winter. (Just look how fat the bird is on the pictures…)

Here is an animated GIF which I made with Premiere Elements out of my Handicam camcorder footage earlier this month:


And lastly, a couple of wildlife photos from our community lake (taken a couple of weeks ago):

A great blue heron (Ardea herodias) with a pack of Canada geese (Branta canadensis):


And a green heron (Butorides virescens; winter is coming):




  1. Posted October 19, 2016 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Nice shots, especially the hummer. Thanks!

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 19, 2016 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    These are awesome hummingbird pics. Yeah I said that word.

    BTW thanks to reader – whom? – for the PBS Nature show Super lHummingbirds link.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 19, 2016 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Looks like home to me. Just better pictures.

    Where might this be? I believe our hummingbirds have left as well.

  4. rickflick
    Posted October 19, 2016 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Good shots all.
    Where in the world are you?

  5. Andrei
    Posted October 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    The shots were taken in Rockville, MD.

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted October 19, 2016 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Hummer could be a female. They actually do have a small red dot on their throats.

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