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 now permanently closed to the general public, as a result of a lawsuit brought by a neighbor. Only my friends and personal guests may visit (

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Frederico's drop of blood

Last evening, as the light faded, I had to decrease the shutter speed, and filmed this guy. The pattern of the throat is rather different from that on Fredino. In particular there's a dark spot near the bottom left edge. Towards the end of the clip he turns full face to the camera and you can see this dark spot gleaming red - what I call the "drop of blood", a single male throat feather breaking through. So it appears we have at least 2 juvenile males, in addition to Fred (whose still vigorously patrolling and attacking) and Coral (who's almost certainly focussing on her nest(s) and chicks). In fact there's already quite a bit of activity, with a lot of chasing.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your wonderful videos!! I live in Nassau County, NY and have not seen one hummingbird so far this year. I hope to visit your Sanctuary some time in August! Thanks again for sharing your wonderful sanctuary with the rest of us!