Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tiny Standoff


This hummingbird and wasp were engaged in a standoff of sorts over the feeder. There were a couple of wasps hanging around that were quite aggressive. They drove the hummingbirds off at times. The stare down lasted several seconds until the hummingbird decided it was okay to feed without being attacked.




42 comments:

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Beautiful image Brian.

I so wish we had hummingbirds here in the UK.

Paul

Carole M. said...

it's hard to imagine just how weeny those hummers are; delightful post and glad it got to the feeder.

Tammy said...

Great capture of the midair Hummer! Those wasps are so aggressive, they even chase me away!

Anni said...

Stunning clarity!!!

Just wanted you to know that I added a linky to my newest bird photos today. If you'd care to stop by and leave a link. And perhaps if you know of anyone who loves birding--let them know of the new birding meme I set up for a weekly run---The Bird D'Pot. Stop by if you can. And have a glorious week.

I'd Rather B Birdin'

Kerri said...

That is SO Cool! What a great capture of nature and behavior! Love it!

Sharon M said...

Wow, nice shot! No visitors at my hummingbird feeder yet.

Beth said...

my hummingbirds around here keep fighting with the bees ... the silly bees keep winning ... makes me sad ... because i prefer watching the hummingbird. great view there. (:

bettyl said...

You can't get more perfect than that shot. How I envy you!

Roan said...

Those darn bees! Great shot!

Debbie said...

great action shot....i am getting more wasps then hummingbirds and the hubs is not happy ;))

he says i should pull from the archives but it's just not the same. last year i had so many. this year, only a few....

Nancy Claeys said...

I haven't really seen the hummers at the feeders this year. Not sure what the deal is.

Enjoying this shot though. Thanks for sharing at YSB this week. xo

Andee said...

Oh great shot. I'm glad the humming bird won the stand off!

TexWisGirl said...

really cute face-off. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Great capture of the standoff! Our hummingbirds are making themselves scarce this summer. They're around, but not often.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Wonderful capture! The right moment ...very qute bird....we dont have it here

NatureFootstep said...

a nice little fellow. Great shot at that.

NatureFootstep said...

maybe I´d better give the link to mind. :)

http://nfbild2.blogspot.se/2012/07/harbour-photo-art-poster-edges.html

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Warfare comes to the bird feeder. Better run for cover, things could get ugly !!!
Shaun

tiarastantrums said...

what an amazing capture

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wonderful capture of the hummingbird! I had the hummingbirds themselves fighting over the feeder earlier. I haven't seen any around lately.

Liam said...

Stunning!!! I wish my hummingbirds would come back! :) :) :)

Jan n Jer said...

Great capture...those wasp take over my small hummer feeder..darn things!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a phenomenal shot! The focus on the hummingbird is perfect and the blur of the wings is so cool. You caught him at just the right moment.

Pamela Gordon said...

Nice capture. Love the irridescent greens of the hummer.

Ida said...

What a treat to capture this hummingbird in midair. I've seen a few around here but they fly off so quickly I never have a chance to photograph them.

barbara l. hale said...

Great timing. I love those little buggers!

Andrew said...

A superb capture of a little bird I don't get to see Brian.

Terri Buster said...

What a great shot, Brian- I have wasps hanging out on my feeder too, but the hummers are too busy buzzing each other away to notice.

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

It is funny to watch hummingbirds spar with bugs. Thanks for sharing such a great photo.

MTWaggin said...

Amazing shot!!!!! My hummer shots are coming along nearly so well. (Okay so I'm jealous - LOL)

Rohrerbot said...

Well done!!! I always love how the wasps and hummers have to share the feeders:) Beautiful female!

darlin said...

One word... FANTASTIC!

I know how hard it is to get a shot like this, it's super hard because they move so fast. Well done Brian!

Youngman Brown said...

Wow, using this as my desktop background. Awesome!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Great captures, Brian!

Stewart M said...

I may have said this before - but I find it hard to believe that you get humming birds around the feeders in your yard!

With spiders the size of the one in my post I am always glad to see then before they see me!!

Stewart M - Australia

Tricia Hays said...

They're hard lil ones to photograph, but you've made it look quite easy... beautiful shot =)

Connie Smiley said...

What a shot! Fantastic, Brian!

Madge Bloom said...

Great shot, it does appear that he's sizing up that bug... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #39!

Renae said...

The difference between your photography and mine is about 2 yrs. Perhaps, just perhaps I will up to your quality by then. :D

Marie said...

Incredible shot! Brian, I am so jealous of your photos! I have at least six to eight bees feeding from my hummingbird feeders at most times and the poor hummingbirds try so hard to get a drink! They have to be so careful because, yes, they can be stung! I sometimes see them give up and fly away. At other times, they manage to find a spot amid the bees to drink. I wish I could capture this drama myself with my camera, but neither the camera nor the photographer are that good!

Liz said...

Gorgeous shot Brian! I'd love to have the smarts & skills to capture a flighty bird with such clarity. Beautiful colours on this one!

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

Amazing you were able to catch these 2 in action. Gotta wonder if they were communicating.
enJOYed!