The technique and muscle strength to be able to hover in one spot, to fly in all directions, and to feed in the most awkward positions, requires abilities beyond understanding. Besides the feeding and fighting that we see of these birds, they travel thousands of miles every year. That means those tiny but powerful wings make hundreds of millions of strokes in their lifetime. That kind of craftsmanship is impossible to replicate by human hands. The intricate and colorful little feathers are woven together to create a shape so adorable and beautiful at the same time. The organs operate at speeds unthinkable. Their abilities, memories, personalities all have a special added touch to make each one unique. And on top of that, no one pushes them around. Despite their size, a bit of humor had to be used to give them an attitude more fierce than a wolverine. What's more spectacular is that over 300 more species, painted in magnificent colors, are spread out over just the Americas.
Here is an image of a young Ruby-throat hovering under a drooped over Delphinium from the heavy rains. All the blooms on the underside of this flower stalk were still undiluted nectar.
Juvenile Ruby-throat hummingbird. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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