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Picture of the day - December 13, 2008

"Hummingbird in flight"

Photo of a hummingbird in flight.
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Earwicker.

The hummingbird is one of the most intriguing creatures on the planet. These pint-sized aviators have the ability to both hover like a helicopter actually and fly backwards! I just love to sit in a porch swing on a breezy summer day and watch the neighborhood hummingbirds flitter hither and yon as they compete with one another over a few sips of delectable nectar from a feeder.

Photographer Benjamin Earwicker captured this image of a cute little hummingbird in flight as it was going about the business that hummingbirds tend to conduct. I find it amazing that he can hover in place with his wings flapping at 60 times per second while his tiny body appears completely motionless. What grace and beauty these little friends of ours possess!
 
 
Visitor Comments...
    Name: Phyllis Helton
    Town: Bristol, VA

    Amazing photo!
     
     
    Name: William Lacey
    Town: Jacksonville, FL

    Yes, these really are amazing little birds, and Mr. Earwicker did a fantastic job at photographing this one.

 
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