Joyas Voladoras

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Joyas Voladoras is Spanish for “Flying Jewels,” the name early Spanish explorers gave to hummingbirds, which are only found in North and South America. Click photos for more detail.

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Rockin' the feeder
Rockin’ the feeder

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My next h-bird goal is to photograph one that is sipping from a flower, not a feeder!

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The Humming Bird by Emily Dickinson

A route of evanescence
With a revolving wheel;
A resonance of emerald,
A rush of cochineal;
And every blossom on the bush
Adjusts its tumbled head,~
The mail from Tunis, probably,
An easy morning’s ride.

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12 thoughts on “Joyas Voladoras

  1. We used to have a plant with long slender red flowers in our yard. Not sure what it was. Once I saw a hummer who’d just been sipping and came away with a loose bud still over its beak *and* head. It was so sweet and funny, but of course, no camera…

  2. These are great photos, Candace! I too would like to get a good photo of one sipping from a flower. I’ve seen them do it often at a honeysuckle by one of our windows but have never been able to get a photo.

    I’m glad you are now taking care of the,: the last one left here weeks ago.

  3. I love your blog because i love butterflies and hummingbirds. Well in my city it is mostly sunbirds. The lantana picture below are also excellent. I have also captured some sunbirds and lots of butterflies on my website but not as neatly as yours. keep it up.

  4. Sunbirds and hummingbirds are similar but they are not related. They fill the same niche in that they find flowers and sip nectar. In my experience, hummingbirds are considerably faster and buzz around, blurring their wings; sunbirds are much slower, perch when they sip, and appear much like any other bird in flight.

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