Eagles and Hummingbirds of British Columbia
Bald eagles abounded on our recent trip up the British Columbia coast.
This beautiful bird was sitting on a body of fresh water in an area that looks to me like a beaver dam.
Another closer look.
We saw many eagles on the wing. With a wingspan of nearly seven feet, they are an impressive sight.
And for a size contrast, we also observed several rufous hummingbirds whose wingspan reaches a magnificent 4 1/2 inches.
We saw these tiny, brilliant creatures at a nectar feeder, and darting out over a road to capture insects. Several times, the hum of those rapidly beating wings alerted me to the bird’s presence before I registered it visually. According to Journey North, hummingbirds beat their wings at a rate of about 75 beats per second.
Here a rufous hummingbird sips nectar from the feeder.
And here’s a lovely view from the vicinity in which we saw the hummingbird zoom back and forth over the road.
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