Posts in Category: hummingbird

Female Volcano Hummingbird at the feeder

In my experience, Volcano Hummingbirds rarely come to feeders, and I was surprised to see this female at the feeder at Batsu Gardens in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica, even though Volcano Hummingbirds are common there, and I had seen both males and females feeding in the flowers around the viewing platform. This one came to a feeder only 4 feet from me, right at the closest focus of my camera. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Pic of the Day 2: Alternative display of Lesser Violet-ear

The alternative dominance display of the Lesser Violet-ear Hummingbird. This is what they do when they aren’t wing posturing. Cleary where the violet-ear name comes from. Batsu Gardens in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Lesser Violet-ear displaying

The Lesser Violet-ear was the Green Violet-ear until recently. In its range it is the most aggressive hummingbird. It actually spends more time in dominance displays and defending food sources than it does feeding. Though it seems counterproductive, the strategy seems to work for this bird…as it is also among the most numerous hummer in its range. It’s displays involve both wing posturing, as in this photo, and flaring out those violet-ears until they stand away from the head pretty much their full length. This one is at Batsu Gardens in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Stripe-tailed Hummingbird

This Stripe-tailed Hummingbird was the rarest species at Batsu Gardens in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica when we visited in December. We only saw it a few times and we never did find where it perched away from the feeders. The stripe-tailed is easiest recognized, despite its name, by the highly visible patch of rufous on its wing. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Talamanca Hummingbird

A Talamanca Hummingbird faces off with an “intruder” to his dominion. All hummingbirds spend a lot of time in dominance displays, especially around artificial feeding stations, like those at the Batsu Gardens in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. In this case it looks like the intruder is a female Talamanca, so it is only competition for the feeder, not a threat to the territory. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

White-throated Mountain Gem

A male White-throated Mountain Gem from the Batsu Gardens above Savegre Mountain Hotel in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. Batsu Gardens is a delightful spot on the side of the mountain…a terrace with native plantings, hummingbird and fruit feeders, a sheltered patio, restrooms, and fresh coffee. You have to reserve ahead of time and you are driven up there on benches in the back of a 4 wheel drive truck. It is a experience not to be missed when visiting the Valley of the Quetzals and San Gerardo de Dota. The birds you see there vary by season and by day…but in December there were lots of Mountain Gems, Talamanca Hummingbirds, Volcano Hummingbirds, Scintillant Hummingbirds, and a few Stripe-tailed Hummingbirds. At the fruit feeders we had Silver-throated Tanager, Sooty-capped Chlorospingus, and the brilliant Golden-browed Chlorophonia. At the edge of the forest we had Buff-throated Quail Dove. And I am missing some. Quite a place. But the White-throated Mountain Gems were certainly a highlight. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Hummingbird Shower

A bonus shot for today. Hummingbird shower. This Talamanca Hummingbird was making the most of the rain at Miriam’s Quetzals in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Band-tailed Barbthroat

Our guide Edwin’s sharp eyes picked this perched Band-tailed Barbthroat out of the foliage along one of the trails at Selva Verde Lodge in the Sarapiqui river valley of Costa Rica. This little hummer is a member of the Hermit clan, about the same size as the more commonly seen Stripe-throated Hermit, but its much shorter tail makes it look smaller. Barbthroats come to the flowers near the feeders at Selva Verde, along with Stripe-throated Hermits, but this is the first one I have ever seen perched. Early morning under heavy rainforest canopy, threatening rain, so the light was marginal. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

As the most common, and most aggressive, hummingbird around feeders at low to mid elevations in Costa Rica, it is way too easy to stop looking at Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds. I mean they are always there. You have already seen dozens, and will see dozens more in the days to come. This one, however, sat so nicely, just off the covered patio at Dave and Dave’s Costa Rica Nature Park, waiting patiently in the rain. I am not sure what it was waiting for, but it returned to this same perch repeatedly in the few hours we spent at Dave and Dave’s. It is a beautiful example of the Amazonia hummers, with its predominantly green iridescence, and, rufous tail and noticeable red base to the bill. Sony Rx10iv at 1200mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications, plus Multi-frame Noise Reduction. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

White-necked Jacobin drinking

Dave and Dave put out fresh flowers each day for the hummers who come to drink, even in the rain. This is a male White-necked Jacobin. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Dave and Dave’s Costa Rica Nature Park, La Vergin, Costa Rica.