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 (

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gumbo Lands on Her Nest, in slo-mo

There are 2 versions of this video, filmed this afternoon and processed using iMovie. The first shows the whole sequence of her arriving, landing and settling in, played at normal speed. After a still (a photo of a Hyperion daylily flower taken at the Baiting Hollow Sanctuary), the first part of the video is shown with a ten-times reduced speed. Even though it's slowed down ten times, it's still quite difficult to see how she actually lands on the nest: after initially hovering near the nest, she makes a final dash and folds her wings in just a small fraction of a second.

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