A Grey Day In Wales So Here Are Some Hummingbirds To Brighten Your Day 10 January 2023

Sword-billed Hummingbird

This is a real bird, honest, Sword-billed Hummingbird photographed in Ecuador.

When I was a youngster and already totally hooked on birds I would devour any bird book I could get my hands on. Back then it was often the birds of prey that caught my young eye, such as the mighty Harpy Eagle eating monkeys for lunch. I didn't pay as much attention to the smaller birds and the hummingbirds were things I just never imagined I would ever see. Then many years later a crazy adventure in Venezula and as we waited to pick up a hire car at the airport a tiny gem of bird hovered by a flowering plant, wow! My first ever hummingbird and I was hooked! We have been so lucky to travel a fair bit in the Americas and have enjoyed many encounters with these gems of birds and still they thrill every single time.

Bee Hummingbird Cuba 1

We like to call hummingbirds "gems" and we hope you agree this fits the bill - Bee Hummingbird.

We were lucky enough to lead a tour to Cuba, a fantastic destination that we all loved, and here in a back garden of a lovely local family we gazed at the smallest bird in the whole world the Bee Hummingbird. What an amazing creature and really is so tiny, luckily this gorgeous gem was visiting a feeder in the garden so we had point blank views. Trying to find such a little bird in the forest and get good views would have been tough.

Fiery throated Hummingbird

Costa Rica is a firm favourite of ours and Firey-throated Hummingbird is just one reason why.

For some reason we resisted visiting Costa Rica for a number of years but then decided to give it a go and wow! Why didn't we go sooner, a wildlife paradise with mind-blowing birds. Up in the Highlands, perhaps our favourite area, there are mind-blowing birds. Of course the Resplendent Quetzal gets most of the pludits but there is so much more. The Fiery-throated Hummingbird is one such gem up in the mountains, when it turns its head and the light catches it, oh my! Birds really are brilliant!

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We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds and wildlife with you soon!

Snowcap hummingbird CR 2016 1

OK just one more - Snowcap Hummingbird - also from Costa Rica, just wow!

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