Aerial Lunch

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by cita scott

These broad-billed hummingbird babies have grown to the point where their mother feeds them from above. She can no longer fill their crops by perching on the side of the nest. Flying in to feed them, pollen on her beak, she seems to break with her tiny feet. These babies are almost ready to fledge; within the next three days, they'll leave their forest of rhaphiolepis leaves and the security of their nest covered with spiderwebs to venture out into life in the desert, where their mother will continue to feed them, perched on branches, till they can fend for themselves.

Location: Tucson, Az USA


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