Thursday, May 24, 2012

Baby Boss

On the header of my blog is the Boss, a hummingbird that is a regular visitor to our garden. It has been called so because it is aggressively territorial and audaciously vocal in its critique of our plant selections. It even checks the food on our plates when we eat outside, no doubt making sure we are not munching on salvias or honeysuckle.  I have always been impressed by so much pluckiness in such a tiny body.

Yesterday we were introduced to the youngest member of our garden guardians. It is shy and quiet, but I have no doubt it will change, so I have called it Baby Boss.


It is incredibly cute, with a big head, short body and long wings. I am sure in human terms it is a toddler: flight has been mastered, but hovering remains a challenge. I thought that it didn't learn to beat its wings fast enough yet, so that instead of hovering in front of a flower, it gradually descended and fell awkwardly to the ground.



 I was so taken by it I ended up chasing it all around the yard, from tomato cages....



....to an arbor......



....to a lavender patch.



I am hoping to make a closer acquaintance with it in the coming months and teach it not to shy away from camera clicks. Maybe then I will take some better pictures :).

17 comments:

  1. How wonderful!!! I always have lots of hummers in my garden but haven't seen a single one this year, even though some of their favorite plants are blooming. I'm hoping they're on their way. :o) Great pix of the baby.

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  2. Cudowne zdjęcia z kolibrem maluchem, ale boss też jest śliczny. Pozdrawiam.
    Wonderful pictures of hummingbird-old, but it is pretty boss. Yours.

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  3. Enchanting!!! We have one type of hummer here, the Ruby Throated, and they have just arrived for the year.

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  4. Better pictures? I am impressed that you got photos at all, and I think they are great! Hummingbirds have always fascinated me. I love their plucky spirit!

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  5. Awww, sweet! Your photos are great! I have a feeder and some Fuchsia out for the hummers. I think they've been active because the liquid keeps emptying. But I haven't seen them yet. I need to spend some time just observing. ;)

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  6. Soo pretty !!! What a challenge to photograph the Baby Boss :) :) :)

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  7. Wow, I might have chased it but they usually lose me quickly....you did good to hang with it, let alone get decent photos!

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  8. It's so beautiful to see this little bird. We don't have them in my country.
    Have a great weekend Masha

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  9. Right, always keep your boss in grace, the old and the new one! :)
    It's so cute, the small one, but you made me smile with the old one checking on your meals too!

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  10. I love these things. I'm amazed that they allow you to chase them around. The ones here are wimpy.

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  11. What a wonderful description and photos of the baby! We always enjoy the antics of the Ruby Throats here too.

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  12. Masha, What a pity that the hummingbirds do not live here in the North! they would like in my garden.

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  13. Masha, that is undeniably cute and as for the pictures, what can I say.

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  14. How can you take better pictures? Impossible! I am always amazed at the glorious sunlight that you capture in your photos. And have always wondered about the beautiful bird on your header. The Boss through the Lavender is a beautiful photo. You must have a great zoom lens? Beautiful post, Masha.

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