I’m sorry it’s taking me so long to get back in the swing of blogging… I’m nowhere near halfway going through the pictures from my trip to Colombia. But I thought a few incredible hummingbirds might offset the disclaimer… To top it off, I’m ignoring chronological order.
Whatever the reason these birds have evolved into such flashy specialists, you have to wonder if there really is any way to explain such intense beauty. I prefer to just chalk it up to the “Wow” factor.
I’ve seen a Sword-Billed Hummingbird before, likely in Peru, but not as well as at the feeders behind the restaurant/spa at Termales del Ruiz. While the hot springs were tempting, the hummingbird feeders were even more so.
Buff-Tailed Coronets were everywhere at our first hummingbird heaven, the feeders at Rio Blanco, and yet they are beautiful even after you’ve seen so many of them. They also tended to pose nicely, perhaps because they considered themselves to be less conspicuous (safety in numbers).
The Buffy Helmetcrest was a Paramo target bird that proved easy to find the moment we got out of the vehicle that took us up to its preferred heights.
I don’t have much more to say at this point, except that perhaps Sunday I will manage to get through enough pictures to make more sense of the trip, seeing as how our weather forecast is for rain which makes yard work and birding less likely. So for the moment, I leave you with a few more pictures of these great birds.
Absolutely beautiful! Those wonderful creatures are awesome! Thank you Lisa for the post! 🙂
Thank you, HJ! They are mind-boggling. Our own birds of paradise…! 🙂
Thanks! These are amazing.
Thank you, MaryLee!
I am glad that you found time to show us these little wonders.
Me too. As the saying goes, I needed a vacation from my vacation.
Wow! Fantastic photos of gorgeous little birds!
Thanks so much, Susan! More to come eventually… (!) 🙂
Thank you, Julie!
simply fabulous creatures!!!
Thanks so much! 🙂
So many beauties in one spot. That must have been a fantastic trip. Thank you for sharing, Lisa.
Thanks so much, Shannon! Reminds me I have more photos to revisit from that trip, but migration got in the way. Oh dear.