Finally! After waiting for a while for the opportunity to photograph the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, yesterday there was about 30 minutes of gray sky, most likely a large cloud carrying a lot of water just went by and cooled the air. When I was preparing my camera when suddenly I saw this male RT Hummingbird flying around the bottle and going for nectar! I was delighted to see him, he’s in the process molting only slightly, regardless of that condition he’s still handsome with his ruby red gorget and svelte figure!
He didn’t stay long at all because the sun broke through the clouds and the heat increased very rapidly. The bird simply disappear. Of course, he didn’t stay long but I had enough time to shoot pictures, some of which are shown on this post.
A bit more information about the Ruby-throated Hummingbird:
The species is sexually dimorphic. The adult male has a gorget (throat patch) of iridescent ruby red bordered narrowly with velvety black on the upper margin and a forked black tail with a faint violet sheen. The red iridescence is highly directional and appears dull black from many angles. The female has a notched tail with outer feathers banded in green, black, and white and a white throat that may be plain or lightly marked with dusky streaks or stipples. Males are smaller than females and have slightly shorter bills. Juvenile males resemble adult females, though usually with heavier throat markings. The plumage is molted once a year, beginning in late summer.
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101