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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hummingbird sighting!

It was a rainy day.....
We were at a family's house learning how to make Chèvre (French soft cheese.) 
The rain outside contrasted with the warm interior of the kitchen where we watched a slideshow on cheese-making. During a lull in the class, I wandered over to the front door and saw a flash of red and green. It was a group of hummingbirds! I saw about four or five. I rarely see them at our house. I hurried back inside to grab my camera and the 55-200 lens... these images are what I captured. 

God's creation is so intricately designed. Practical and beautiful at the same time.

A few facts about hummingbirds: 

Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.

    Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.

      The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism.

        A Gorget is the bright flashing colored feathers of the hummingbird's neck.

          A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.

            Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.

              Hummingbirds can hear better than humans

                Hummingbirds can see farther than humans.

                  Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light.

                    Hummingbirds have little to no sense of smell.

                      A hummingbird's beak is generally shaped like any other bird beak, just longer in proportion to its body.

                      Hummingbirds do not drink though their beaks like a straw. They lap up nectar with their tongues.

                      A hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute.

                      A Hummingbird's heart beats about 250 times per minute at rest.

                      A hummingbird's heart is 2.5% of the total body weight.

                      A hummingbird will take about 250 breaths per minute while at rest.

                      A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.

                      Hummingbirds have very weak feet and can barely walk. They prefer to fly.

                      The hummingbird's body temperature is around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

                      Hummingbirds are on average 3.3 inches (8.5  centimeters) long from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail.

                      A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams.

                      A penny weighs 2.5 grams

                      30% of a hummingbird's weight consists of flight muscles

                      Humans pectoral muscles are about 5% of body weight

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