A female Rufous Hummingbird flies among Cocosmias where she gets the nectar from the vibrant trumpet shaped flowers. The nectar in the flowers attracts insects, which Rufous Hummingbirds will consume as well. Their diet consists of small invertebrates, including gnats, midges, flies, spiders and aphids, which may be caught in the air, plucked from spider webs, or gleaned from plants. The Rufous Hummingbirds also feed on the sap of trees such as alder and willow through holes excavated by woodpeckers. Sap and insects are often taken when the hummingbirds first arrive at the breeding grounds, when few spring flowers are available.The rufous hummingbird is also able to enter a temporary state of torpor to survive periods of food shortage.

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Taken on Aug 25/10 at 2:40pm on south east Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, in own back yard.
Camera, Canon 40D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM lens
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead
Taken at 1/1000’s at f/10, -1/3 ev, 400mm, iso 800, man white bal.
Edited from raw in lightroom 4.2. No cropping.

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