August 26, 2014

Second Nest Chronicles: flying the coop

June 9, morning and evening …second hummers-50 second hummers-51 hummers 49dipsecond hummers-52 second hummers-53 second hummers-54 second hummers-55 second hummers-56 June 10, 9:15asecond hummers-57 4:00psecond hummers-58 4:50p.  And just like that, they had left the nest.second hummers-59 I do have one more set of pictures.  Two more days with our hummer babies …

August 25, 2014

The Second Nest Chronicles: babies at 3 weeks

The hummer babies by 3 weeks old are completely adorable.  And quite cozy in the nest, pushing the sides out a bit.

second hummers-40 second hummers-41 second hummers-42 A note about my photographic process … For most of these pictures, I’m about 12 inches from the nest, shooting with a 100mm macro lens.  The picture directly below is pretty much what the lens captures at 12” away.  The picture directly below that (the super close-up) is simply a cropped version.  The macro lens makes everything appear larger than actuality.  The nest, at this point, has stretched out to about 1.5 inches diameter (at the top).second hummers-43 second hummers-44 At three weeks, they’re both starting to stretch their wings, fluff/flap, and even stand up on the edge of the nest.  And I love the little flecks of irridescent green popping up in their feathers.second hummers-45 second hummers-46 second hummers-47 second hummers-48 They are now a mere 4 days away from exiting the nest.

August 22, 2014

Continuing the Second Nest Chronicles

and facts.  Lots more facts.  second hummers-16second hummers-17Baby hummers start stretching their wings by gripping the silky nest with their toes.  No risk of falling out.stretching wings 18stretching 19Mama feeds her babies by regurgitating insects and nectar deep into their mouths.    second hummers-21I would often see their tongues quickly darting in and out after a feeding.second hummers-20Hummers are born already “toilet trained.”  They do their very best to dispose of poop over the side of the nest.  (see dark spots all over surrounding leaves)  I was very nearly pooped upon several times.  There’s very little warning for their projectile ways!second hummers-22 Check out the changing color of their beaks…second hummers-23 second hummers-24 Oh hello, EYELASHES!!!!  (and look at all that spider silk on the nest, tops and sides)second hummers-25 second hummers-26 second hummers-27

August 20, 2014

The Second Nest Chronicles, cont.

The next two weeks … They grow rapidly.  The nest expands to accomodate them.  They grow pin feathers.  By two weeks they are feathery enough to keep warm without Mama sitting on them.  Good news, because there’s no room left in the nest for Mama!second hummers-9 second hummers-8 second hummers-10 Their beaks get longer and darker …second hummers-11 second hummers-12 second hummers-13 second hummers-14 Oh hello, eye.second hummers-15