The Sentries

As we move into summer here at the Stone House, there is a battle raging. Volleys are launched from every side. Airstrikes, dive bombs, there’s chatter in the wind. The fighting is fierce, but before summer is over one will reign supreme…

Back off!

Back off!

…over the Hummingbird feeder.

Today I salute those bold men and women on the front lines – staking their claim to that sugary water and holding off all comers.

Here’s to the heroes of summer – the sentries.

Looking skyward

Looking skyward to face the enemy

Fending off an alien invasion

Fending off an alien invasion

Keeping watch over his prize

Keeping watch over his prize

Watching for an areal assault

Watching for an aerial assault

Keeping the enemy in her sights

Keeping the enemy in her sights

Out on a limb to protect his supply line

Out on a limb to protect his supply line

Going the extra mile to spot the threar

Going the extra mile to spot the threat

Stalking the enemy

Stalking the intruders

Staring down the enemy

Staring down the enemy

Ducking for cover

Ducking for cover

Tracking the enemies movements

Tracking the enemy’s movements

Arial reconnaissance

Aerial reconnaissance

Preparing to strike

Preparing to strike

Holding onto the high ground

Holding onto the high ground

The summer skies belong to you – the bold, the fierce, the hummers.

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69 thoughts on “The Sentries

  1. Pingback: No Bird Left Behind | the eff stop

    • They are like this until October when they migrate. I think ounce for ounce they are the bossiest creature in the planet. I have 5 feeders up and they are constantly buzzing and diving with each other. The females are feeding like crazy, I’m guessing that they are feeding their first brood right now, I haven seen any young yet.

  2. Such great shots! Don’t they have the most charming personalities – we had swarms come in early this year, but had to move the feeders off the porch while rescreening for a week – and they have not forgiven us yet – so only a few now. But they will come back – have a feeling I may need a part time job to buy sugar this year! K

    • They really are charming and I’m right there with you on the sugar – five feeders may have been a bit much. I read that you can increase the mix to 3:1 for a week to attract them and reduce it back to 4:1 to make them feed more often. I didn’t get mine out until late june last year so this is all a bonus for me – they’ll be back at your place soon! I am just now seeing the regular feeders picking up now that a lot of nesting is done – it’s been pretty quiet for the last three weeks except for the hummers.

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  4. Beautiful images. I’ve always wanted to see hummingbirds in everyday life but sadly, in south africa, that’s not even vaguely an option. At least, with your pics, I’m able to appreciate it them. What gorgeous creatures <3

  5. Incredible shots, nothing like have a bunch of hummers around on a nice day…great colors and I also the captions on the photos were great. Cheers.

    • Ahhh – red, the color of hummers and summers :) Thanks – they are a wonder to watch. The sunlight plays off their tiny feathers – I think they are magical.

  6. Great captures. How did you keep yourself from being seen by the hummingbirds? I’ve never been able to capture one because I haven’t found a way to remain out of sight and get the shot.

    • Well, last year I started by shooting from inside my sleeping porch (it’s a catch all that a lot of old houses here have) I have a camp chair inside the porch and shoot through an open door. These days they are so used to me that I can stand outside with them and they still come – but the lighting is often better from just inside the doorway. They do more dive bombing when I am inside the doorway. I have never liked shooting through a window if I can help it.

  7. Such beautiful shots! I love hummers. I’ve not seen any yet by my house, but they should be here soon. I’ve got a bunch of soapwort (Saponaria officinalis), they always flock to it when it’s blooming.

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