24 February 2023
For a respite this cold weekend, take a break and watch hummingbirds in Ecuador.
At top, an empress brilliant (Heliodoxa imperatrix) and other hummingbirds feed from the hand of Carole Turek, founder of hummingbirdspot.com. Click on the screenshot or at this link to watch Royal Hummingbird Feeding on my Hand: The Empress Brilliant.
You can also watch hummingbirds — live! — at Sachatamia Lodge in Mindo, Ecuador.
In the brief moment I watched the live stream, two rufous-tailed hummingbirds (Amazilia tzacatl) visited the feeders and chased each other. Notice the orange beak, green body and rufous tail. We saw them at Mindo, photo below by P. B. Child.
Happy hummingbird Friday!
(screenshots from hummingbirdspot.com, rufous-tailed hummingbird photo by P. B. Child)