Hightailing It


Photo is courtesy of Father Time.

We get just enough southern bound hummers to increase territorial ferocity around the prize ( a feeder full of nectar) where it is a constant battle zone.  They are not much more than a blur because it is quick and loud as they zoom by. The camera caught these two in the fray. The female defender above is lit by red light reflected from the feeder while the male challenger below is giving his all to escape from harm’s way. Such is the life of a hummingbird, one challenge after another.


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Gardening in Tennessee Zone 6 at an average of 744.65' above sea level.
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20 Responses to Hightailing It

  1. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Sometimes we have to just enjoy the moment.

  2. mothernaturesgarden says:


  3. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Are they the ruby throats?

  4. Mary Delle says:

    I’m very fond of these winged, fiery little creatures. Some of them stay for the winter. We are luck for that.

  5. Hi Donna, We are getting more hummers now also. In the spring and early summer this year, we had very few. BUT–I’m enjoying them NOW.

    Have a great weekend.

  6. Teresa says:

    I am still waiting for one to visit when I am out there, let alone with a camera in my hand. Glad you are getting to enjoy them.

  7. Racquel says:

    I’ve seen alot this year too, but never manage to have my camera. Figures, lol. 🙂

  8. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Your males may have left already. They leave first.

  9. Marnie says:

    Hi Donna, the hummers will be leaving this area within the next two weeks for their long journey south.

    The constant battles at the feeder aren’t pleasant. Especially when it is a female driving off the youngsters. Poor things are hungry and don’t really know were to go.

  10. mothernaturesgarden says:

    So true, Tina.

  11. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Maybe. They better hurry.

  12. Autumn Belle says:

    I thought they are participating in a courtship dance here!

  13. mothernaturesgarden says:

    There are small but spunky, TIF.

  14. wow…and I thought they were such peaceful little creatures…SUPER photo! Kim

  15. tina says:

    Looks acrobatic-and fast!

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  17. mothernaturesgarden says:

    I see it, BC

  18. bangchik says:

    Two jet fighters trying to shoo away a red alien aircraft… excellent aerial display! ~bangchik

  19. Father Time says:

    Neat, MN.

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