BASICS


BASICS: "Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with reverence..." (J. J. Audubon).
This is a blog about my summer life at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, at my winter garden, Calypso, in the Bahamas, and aspects of life in general.
This private sanctuary is ONLY open certain, very limited, dates/times, starting july 20, and ending sept 15, and ONLY by specific private appointment, at particular, available "slot" times posted at this blog. No visits of any type without a confirmed appointment (paul.adams%stonybrook.edu)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Egg and Tongue



This photo, taken yesterday, shows that Gumbo has built up the edges of the nest after it was squished by Winter Storm Leon, so that both eggs are now much deeper (only one is visible in this image). The following movie shows Gumbo sitting quietly on the nest. Around the middle of the sequence, she flicks out her tongue a few times, a bit like a snake. Notice there's a bit of pollen stuck near the bill tip. There's a big Ixora bush, with red flowers, close to the nest, where Gumbo often feeds during short breaks from incubation. I'll try to get film of her feeding there.


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