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 (

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fred attacks Suzy at the Baiting Hollow sanctuary; visiting procedure

In this recent movie. Fred, the current dominant male at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird sanctuary, attacks Suzy, an interloper female. Here we see Fred perched at the top of a tree (one of his favorite lookouts), and, zooming out,  the female hummer Suzy (note the throat is light not dark) cautiously approaching a feeder swinging in the wind. But before she starts drinking Fred seems to realize she's there and cruelly attacks (or at least pesters her). Then Suzy rapidly takes off. Of course it's possible that this was merely a prelude to a courtship display; indeed a bit later in the afternoon I did see a courtship display (see my other Youtube vids), though I don't know that involved the same birds shown here. It's rather lucky that at the crucial attack moment, the wind swings the feeder to the right, revealing Fred. 4X slo mo, 1080P HD

I've updated the right column of this blog to explain how you can visit the sanctuary this year. Please read carefully. It's the same "slot" system as last year. It's a bit of a hassle for all concerned but it does ensure controlled, very limited, traffic on the long private road access to the sanctuary. 

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