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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Battle Royal


The Broad-billed Hummingbirds are monopolising the nectar feeders right now. Males chasing off other males and pursuing females.


And the females, not to be outdone, chasing off other females and even the males who try to feed on the nectar.


All the chasing requires constant stops to replenish the energy levels.


Nature Notes hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

7 comments:

Leora said...

Gorgeous and competitive. How delightful!

Celeste said...

Thanks Leora, they provide constant entertainment :)

Rambling Woods said...

The hummers are such a brash bunch and don't seem to care that they are so small. I have had male ruby-thoats buzz me if I got too close to their favorite feeder..Michelle

Kathiesbirds said...

Autumn is the perfect time to see various hummingbird migrants in your yard! I used to get 5 or 6 species in the autumn. It is the best time of year for the hummingbirds! Did you get any bats in late august or early September?

Celeste said...

They are cheeky aren't they Michelle. I actually had little male Costas land on the lens of my camera whilst I was wearing it round my neck one morning! They are so fierce you just have to love them :)

Celeste said...

I think we did Kathie. Our nectar feeders were 'mysteriously' emptying over night and I remembered your post about it from the previous year so although we didn't actually see them at the feeders we assumed it was bats.

Kathiesbirds said...

Well, if you are there at the right time next year, peek out our windows shortly after dark and I get you will be surprised! What a sight to see! I had so many swooping through my yard. If you like race cars, this is even more exhilarating!

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