Purple Collar

A hummingbird landed in my path as I was walking down the side of the levee into the bosque. He said: “Who is that parading past my perch”? I said, “It is only I a lowly paparazzo out for a walk to find wild willing subjects like you!” The hummer responded “Well here I am, get in your shots. I can’t wait all day.”

Note: I saved the images larger, so you can get a good view of the images by clicking on them.

“Hows this side? Do you like my purple collar?” he asked. “You are quite a handsome hombre! Your collar is lovely.” I answered.

Intermission: Here’s a Downy Woodpecker chick in a cottonwood waiting for Mama to bring him breakfast.

“How’s my profile?”

A closer view

55 thoughts on “Purple Collar

  1. The black chinned hummingbirds are the ones I have from April into late September. It takes the right light to see the purple and you certainly got it… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Susan. He was about 10 feet from me. Pretty bold for a hummingbird in the bosque.

  2. All right. That hummingbird gets a Maine “wowsah!” And I don’t give them lightly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In Maine, we have red-throated hummingbirds, which we adore. No purple, though. The greedy part of me would like to have both.

    • Thanks, Laurie. We have Ruby Throated hummingbirds in the heights, but I’ve never seen them in the valley, at least on our property or in the bosque. He get these, greenbacks and a few others.

  3. A very beautiful hummingbird with the purple collar, Tim! And I love the little woodpecker chick.

    Looks like a gorgeous day in the making up here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You are living in a paradise. Such gorgeous creatures remind us we are sharing our earth and need to care for it. If I lived there I too would be a paparazzo and Iโ€™m so happy that you share your finds with us!

    • Thanks, Holly. I’m happy I can share our little piece of paradise with you and that you can enjoy it.

      BTW I’m working on a new music video about Jeep and Spunk that you and Marina inspired.

  5. Wonderful pics, Timothy! And just as wonderful convo with the Hummer. Smiled at the woodpecker waiting for breakfast.

    Hummingbirds have always been fascinating to me. Their noctitating, that they can fly backwards, From my understanding the only bird That can do so. Though, I guess it comes with a trade-off. No walking, though, as their feet can only grasp.

    The purple is so regal, cool shimmer.

    Great shots!

    • Thanks, Jordan. There’s not much need to walk when you can fly any direction in an instant. They are fascinating birds and vicious little guys at that.

      • Amen to all! I remember in Santa Fe watching a hummingbird bully a hawk. It was like Bruce Lee versus Jaba Da Hutt. They are fearless, and definitely fascinating.

  6. So cute, I have never seen a hummingbird with that coloring! We enjoyed quite a variety of different birds on our trip to the mountains last weekend, my favorite was the redheaded woodpeckers, very vibrant!

    • Thanks, Tiffany. I don’t see redheaded woodpeckers down here in the valley. The flickers are the larger woodpeckers I see around here.

  7. Tim this is such a precious post. I love your conversation with the gorgeous hummingbird. That little woodpecker was a delightful surprise. I always feel close to God when I see a hummingbird that hovers close to me. It is like a visit from an angel. So special. You have a great eye my friend. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

    • Thanks, Joni. Hummingbirds are funny. They can be very timid and very bold. You never know what their temperament is going to be.

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