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Humming Bird Banding - 4

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 25 January 2014 in Animal & Insect.

Humming Bird Festival in September, Rockport, Texas

The birds were very calm and didn't seem to mind the banding process at all. We never saw one struggle to get away.

I was lucky to get to release one of the newly banded humming birds. After this humming bird was banded, the licensed bander, who is holding it in this photo, carefully placed it in my open hand. It was very calm and stayed there looking around briefly before it flew away.

Wow, how many people get to hold one of these little birds, and release it?!!

A 2011 video of the process that I found on youtube:

NIKON D5000 1/60 second F/11.0 ISO 1000 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Quel magnifique oiseau !!

25 Jan 2014 8:34am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Bet this little fellow is getting a little pissed by now LOL!

25 Jan 2014 9:39am

Devi from Chennai, India

Magnificent image here !
Oh my God! You were lucky to hold him in your palm and see him fly away!!!

25 Jan 2014 10:06am

jean pierre from paris, France

magnifique prise!! amitiéd

25 Jan 2014 10:20am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

awww . . how sweet this is !

25 Jan 2014 10:33am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb image !!

25 Jan 2014 12:18pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Hummingbird is a wonderful bird. And beautiful.

25 Jan 2014 3:14pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Jolis détails avec ses belles couleurs.)

25 Jan 2014 3:27pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

5 stars from me - my favorite of this series

25 Jan 2014 6:01pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


25 Jan 2014 6:11pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

You are one very lucky lady, Barbara, but I bet it was a thrilling experience you'll never forget. Great shot, here.

25 Jan 2014 7:49pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! They are so small. I cannot imagine holding one much less banding a tiny hummingbird! What a gorgeous little bird!

25 Jan 2014 9:19pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A nice close-up of the little guy.

25 Jan 2014 11:39pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

What a unique experience ! Very interesting.

25 Jan 2014 11:52pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful hummingbird and so very tiny in this hand; and very wonderful you got to hold one; I'm surprised it was calm :) Great series.

26 Jan 2014 12:01am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I know they weigh so little ... was there any sensation of weight when it was in your palm?
It had to have been a real thrill!

26 Jan 2014 12:52am

@Judy aka L@dybug: It was so cool! I guess it was like having a leaf or a feather on my palm. I could not feel him at all.

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh ....

26 Jan 2014 8:24am

KriKridesign from Suisse, Switzerland

So small! Wonderfully touching!

26 Jan 2014 4:45pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

What a thrill Barbara! The feel is so soft and warm isn't it? I held a rescued bird in my hand. He was stunned, but then woke up and flew. It felt so marvelous, miraculous.

28 Jan 2014 1:13pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Excellent shot..beautiful and very small

6 Feb 2014 12:13pm

This image has been featured in 2 Remix collections.

New remix by Jypyä Pop

Beautiful Birds by Ruthiebear

1/60 second
ISO 1000
82 mm (35mm equiv.)