Broad-tailed Hummingbird

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Hummingbird Jewel

It is amazing to me how you can find incredible beauty everywhere. This Broad-tailed Hummingbird was photographed in the front garden of a restaurant not far from where I live in Colorado. The relationship between flower and bird is so perfect…

From Cornell: “A jewel of high mountain meadows, male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds fill the summer air with a loud, metallic trills as they fly. Hummingbirds breed at elevations up to 10,500 feet where nighttime temperatures regularly plunge below freezing. To make it through a cold night, they slow their heart rate and drop their body temperature, entering a state of torpor. As soon as the sun comes up, displaying males show off their rose-magenta throats while performing spectacular dives. After attracting a mate, females raise the young on their own.”

Photo taken in Allenspark, Colorado, in August, 2017

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