2019—Two Ladies

The feeders in Madera Canyon were dominated by aggressive male Broad-billed Hummingbirds. There were a few other species that occasionally attempted to feed but usually, whenever the male Black-chinned hummers or the male Rivoli’s Hummingbirds approached the feeders, they were harassed mercilessly by the Broad-bills and driven away. Thefemale hummingbirds, however, didn’t seem to suffer the same harassment that the males did. And, they were usually more cooperative, darting to and from the feeders over and over, giving us more opportunity for photographs. Here are two of the females, one a Black-chinned female, the other, a female Broad-billed hummingbird.

Nikon D5, 500mm PF Lens.

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