Hummingbird with the Amethyst Throat

December 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Birds) (, , )

Male Costa's Hummingbird closeup

Male Costa’s Hummingbird closeup

The male Costa’s hummingbird also has a violet crown.  This little beauty was seen sitting on a blooming bladderpod bush in California’s Morongo Valley last week.


He was the second Costa’s seen on the Christmas Bird Count.  Since the first was at a bladderpod, when I saw another in bloom I hunted for another flying jewel.


I found him, sitting in the shade, preening.


Unfortunately I did not get a good image of him sipping nectar, but I’m tickled amethyst that I got these pretty images of a pretty little bird.


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