Photo safari – hummingbird

By Ed Yong | October 10, 2010 3:00 pm
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There are few experiences better than watching hummingbirds fly over a vineyard while sitting outside in the sunshine eating waffles. My wife and I have just been travelling through California for some much-needed rest and relaxation. We spent the last two days in the incredible Seven Quails vineyard (if you’re looking for accommodation near Paso Robles, stay there) and each morning, we delighted to see hummingbirds flitter between the trees of their back garden, against panoramic vistas of vines and rolling hills.

I’m assuming all of these photos are of the black-chinned hummingbird but if anyone has any other identification ideas, let me know. These photos are of Anna’s hummingbird. The money shots of the bird in flight were taken by my wife. The ones in the tree were me.

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Comments (7)

  1. Jeff Sherry

    Lovely shots by both of you. We only have ruby throated hummingbirds in my area and they flew south 3 weeks ago. Sounds like a great vacation.

  2. Hummingbirds are magical. Wonderful photos.

  3. zackoz

    They really are magical if they can fly over a vineyard while sitting eating waffles at the same time!
    Amazing creatures anyway.

  4. Lauren

    If you’re still in the area today, I would highly recommend the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, fantastic food in their cafe (especially the cake) and it’s just a sight to see the place (don’t forget to visit the men’s bathroom). Swing dancing every Monday night on their dance floor!

  5. Elissa Fazio

    The photos are of Anna’s hummingbirds not Black-Chinned.

  6. Ah so it is. I was misled by assuming that Anna’s all have red heads, when in fact only the adult males do. That’s even cooler actually, because I have written about Anna’s hummingbird before. It’s courtship dive is, for its size, the fastest aerial manoeuvre of any bird, including the peregrine falcon.

  7. I grew up south of San Francisco, spent unforgettable days at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a child, did my fair of wine tasting in Paso Robles while I went to college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and am now living in Shanghai.
    These last two photo journals really brought me back home.
    Sounds like you enjoyed the old stompin’ grounds; thanks for sharing!

    Did you happen to swing through Montana de Oro State Park near Morro Bay? It highlights some of the spectacular California coastline, although there are wonderful spots all up and down Highway 1.

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