Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Uncommon Hummingbird Photos


Uncommon Photos of Hummingbirds


Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Post: Uncommon Hummingbird Photos

Allen’s Hummingbird, Male


Few people see these uncommon views of a Hummingbird.

For example, did you know that hummingbirds can open their bills as shown in the above photo. That’s important because 10% of this hummingbird’s diet consists of small bugs.

So if you see a hummingbird darting about over a pond or open space, it’s catching bugs.


Allen's Hummingbird, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Post: Uncommon Hummingbird Photos

Allen’s Hummingbird, Male


Like other birds, hummingbirds practice stretching. So here is a bird fluffed up with its tail fluffed out.

For a bird, this represents a good, healthy stretch.


Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Post: Uncommon Hummingbird Photos

Allen’s Hummingbird, Male


Hummingbirds have a forked tongue that’s lined with hair-like extensions (called lamellae). When pushed into a flower, the tip of the tongue separates and the lamellae extend outward. As the bird retracts its tongue, the tips come together and the lamellae roll inward, thereby trapping nectar within the tongue.

And they can lick at rates of up to 20 per second.


Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Post: Uncommon Hummingbird Photos

Allen’s Hummingbird, Male, Preening


All that stretching pays off. As a result, a hummingbird can preen even its back feathers.

So here’s an example of being able to twist 180 degrees. Note that this bird has stretched so far that its downy feathers are now exposed.


Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Post: Uncommon Hummingbird Photos

Allen’s Hummingbird, Male, Taking a Bath on a Waterfall


Hummingbirds prefer to take baths on running water. That helps wash sticky nectar from their underside.

So here is a hummingbird taking a bath on the crest of a waterfall.


Much success,

Steve Kaye


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1Comment
  • Kris Risley
    Posted at 15:47h, 30 June

    I absolutely love your unusual hummingbird photos. I’m a keen hummingbird observer and enjoy watching them preen and stretch. As always thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your gentle words and wonderful photos.

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