Preening

A hummingbird must keep its approximately 940 feathers in shape to maintain its aerodynamics. Also, a hummingbird does not molt until after it migrates, so it must travel a long distance with its old feathers.

Sleek and clean

Linking to
Wild Bird Wednesday
The BIRD D’pot
Nature Notes

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26 Comments on “Preening”

  1. Jim says:

    I never knew this about Hummingbirds, Pat. I love the ‘halo’/bokeh over a couple of these photos. Nice work. And to get these shots from this very busy and fast bird!!

  2. Mick says:

    A great series of photos. It certainly has to go through some extreme movements to use that long beak to preen itself!

  3. elizabethfstewart says:

    Really beautiful captures!

  4. erkreins says:

    Wonderful series of the hummingbird.

  5. Margaret says:

    Great shots and good info on them

  6. Eileen says:

    Lovely captures of the hummer! I wish them safe travels.. Have a great day.

  7. Hootin' Anni says:

    Aren’t they gorgeous!!!?!

  8. Arija says:

    Not easy attending to your toilette with such a ling beak. Nice captures.

  9. Minoru says:

    Hi,Pat. Your photos are very cute. I have never known about hammingbirds. Thanks for your information.

  10. I didn’t know that Pat. Good information beautifully illustrated by your lovely photo series. Too bad the poor birds have to travel all that way with their old “outfit” );)

  11. Marie says:

    Great information, and beautiful photos!

  12. BumbleVee says:

    Whew….lots of work …but, finally…..all done!

  13. I just love learning new things like that. Such wonderful shots of this sweet hummingbird.

  14. Robin says:

    Pat, beautiful series of shots!

  15. Lisa Gordon says:

    I didn’t know they could stay still long enough to do this!! 🙂
    Wat a beautiful series of photographs this is, Pat.

  16. Great shots of the lovely little hummer preening. There are several of them doing the same thing here…soon they’ll be on their way to their wintering grounds.

  17. An all time favorite of mine….Love your beloved hummer photos!!
    Thanks for linking this week at I’d Rather B Birdin’

  18. I love watching them preen! Hummingbirds simply fascinate me. I enjoyed your set so very much.

  19. ladyfi says:

    Such beautiful shots. Hummingbirds are miracles of nature

  20. Gunilla says:

    Wonderful photos of this little beauty.

  21. I’ve never seen one preening. Once they fly into the tree, I usually can’t find them again. Great series Pat… thank you for linking in…Michellle

  22. Pat says:

    A remarkable and beautiful bird taken to attitudes

  23. JM says:

    Love this sequence!


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