- Posted August 12, 2013 by
Kansas City, Missouri
Bully Hummingbird Encounter
Who would have guessed that a little hummingbird would be so protective and territorial when it came to a big red feeder?
Well, after a successful day photographing the ever so elusive Missouri Hummingbirds in our backyard this past weekend, I decided to "up the challenge" to see if I could actually get some video of them feeding and enjoying a beautiful Monday afternoon.
After downloading the new remote control app for my iPhone and my iPad for the Go Pro Hero 3 Video camera, setting up the camera on a tripod and was all ready to do a "test run" to check the camera controls.
Now all I had to do was wait for my "star" to arrive. Little did I know it would take less than 5 minutes before a beautiful hummingbird arrived to enjoy his lunch on the ever so sweet nectar.
The shoot appeared to be going very well and I was curious how long she would remain in view. Then it happened......just when you think it was safe to enjoy your lunch, out from no where from just off to the right and below came the "Bully Hummingbird".
She swooped in with lightening speed. Took a high position of authority and in one very quick move, dove in to protect "her" feeder. The two females squared off in battle. With the capability of flying at speeds of up to 25 MPH, they quickly took their encounter beyond camera range.
In doing some research, it appears that this behavior is not all that rare. Especially at this time of year when the hummingbirds are preparing for their huge migration to Central and South America, they are ravenously eating and storing food for their upcoming journey.
During the full speed version of the video, the actual "attack" happens in the blink of an eye, so to give another perspective, I have included a "slow motion" version that give a whole new meaning to the phrase "bully"...!!!
Video taken on August 12, 2013 at 2:30pm in Kansas City, MO using a GoPro Hero 3 Black controlled by GoPro Wifi Application on my iPhone.