Freeding frenzy featuring Anna’s Hummingbirds

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Anna’s Hummingbird (immature) | University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus), Canada | Handheld Nikon 5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 450, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/1200) | Not baited, called in or set up

[UPDATE: This was, of course, a “feeding” frenzy. Freeding is a word of my own invention.]

[Further update: Both photos were taken on December 1, 2014]

Today’s pictures feature one of the smallest bird species in this part of the world (South-west British Columbia), Anna’s Hummingbird. When I took these photos, about a dozen ANHU were swarming around me in what seemed to be a feeding frenzy. Now there were several hummingbird feeders near by, but I noticed that many of the birds seems to have pollen-stained bills, which seemed to indicated that the frenzy was due to the fact that few, in any, flowers would be remaining after this date (December 1st, 2014).

In the photo below, this female ANHU clearly has an injured eye, which may explain why she allowed me to get in so close.

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Anna’s Hummingbird (female) | University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus), Canada | Handheld Nikon 5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 560, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/1000) | Not baited, called in or set up

 

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