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 (paul.adams%stonybrook.edu).
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Tongue; photos; rules
The photo, take by Bridgette Kistinger over the weekend, shows a hummingbird (female or most likely juvenile) perched on a trumpet creeper flower, shooting out his long white tongue. It's twice as long as the bill, and grooved, so the nectar, lapped up usung the tip, then flows up into the mouth.
All visitors to the sanctuary are encouraged to take photos (but no tripods please), and to send good ones on to me for possible publication, with acknowledgements, at this blog.
A quick review of some rules for visiting:
1. No visits without a confirmed appointment and signed waiver.
2. Email requests for appointments only for days/times posted as"slots" - see to the right of this post.
3. No parking outside the signed sanctuary lot.
4. Good shoes please - paths are steep, narrow and uneven.