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, January 29, 2015

Lighthouse Beach Eleuthera

At the far southeast tip of Eleuthera (see map below, courtesy of the island's finest beaches are found.  Note that Calypso is found near the middle of the island, approximately where it bends in a boomerang.

There are 2 rather different beaches, separated by a narrow promontory which ends in 3 islets. On this promontory sits an old lighthouse building (the light still operates, but is now automated). On the south side of the promontory is a curving bay lined with coconut palms. On the other, northeast, side, lies Lighthouse Beach itself, which stretches for many miles further north - utterly undeveloped and deserted. At the southeast end of this beach there's a high limestone cliff, which rises out of the ocean at it's tip, and northward runs progressively more inland, creating a wedge of palmetto forest at its base, fronted by dunes - a natural, secluded garden. The road to Lighthouse beach is quite long and badly rutted, so there's usually no-one - despite the fact that this all forms perhaps the most dramatic scene in the whole Bahamas.  We went there yesterday, together with 2 old friends from England (long residents of Brookline, Boston). Here are some videos.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

one from Baiting Hollow

Juvenile ruby-throated hummingbird visiting pink porterweed in Baiting Hollow - a short video from 2014.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Male Woodstar closeup

Sorry I've negelected the blog, partly because of internet problems. But here's footage shot just today, of a male bahama woodstar hummingbird perched on a twig. Note the purple/black gorget. No soundtrack because shot at 2X slo=mo.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

fall scenes from Baiting Hollow

Here are a couple of short videos I shot in Baiting Hollow  in the fall, after the last hummer had left.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Male Bahama Woodstar Flashing; an attack

Male Bahama Woodstar hummingbird perched on a twig. Most of the time his gorget appears dark, but a couple of times when he turns to the camera it flashes a brilliant purple. The next video shows a brief encounter between 2 hummers; the attacker is probably a male

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015 everyone! Male Woodstar closeup; lawsuit

Here's a male Bahama Woodstar hummingbird doing his thing on a twig of a Royal Poinciana tree (the spectacular flowers are long over, and now you see the huge hanging seed pods). He's guarding a very large clump of Firecracker, which I zoom out to show at the end of the movie.

I hope that all my readers will have a fabulous hummingbird season in 2015 (it only seems a short time since the Millennium!). While everyone is waiting for the first hummers of the year to arrive, late april or early may, I''ll be posting various hummer and garden vids to cheer you up. I wish I could post something substantive about the ongoing lawsuit, but my lawyer insists that I keep mum. Suffice it to say that it's still bubbling along, and casting shadows beyond the difficult year that's just past. Onward ho!