One type that I don't get to see near my home on the coast is the Costa's Hummingbird, but they were sure putting on a show during my time at the zoo. I think I spent more time photographing them than I did looking at the giraffes, cheetahs, etc.
This is a young male - his purple throat feathers are just starting to come in.
The energy output of a hummingbird is truly astounding to watch. No wonder this little guy is trying to catch a few ZZZs...
This mature male has the full complement of purple head feathers. I just couldn't get the right angle of light to make them all appear, but you can see a few. There's an amazing hummingbird documentary on PBS that shows how these birds use these feathers in mating displays. The head and throat feathers flare out and make it look like the bird's entire head is a glistening purple flower as he hovers in front of a female.
Here are few more looks at this pretty little bird.
Does anyone else ever silently chant in their heads "C'mon, just look over here" while photographing birds? Or is it just me?
Because...sometimes it works!! Finally got him to turn and show off those gorgeous feathers!
If it works...you can't call me crazy, right?