This is a page from one of my Moleskine Nature Journals
- W & N watercolours – 12″ × 8″
I had been following the progress via Live cam (http://cam.dellwo.com/) of Phoebe, the Allen’s Hummingbird, sitting on her eggs, laid on the 2nd and 4th of January 2010, respectively, and which hatched on the 19th January. It was absolutely wonderful watching Phoebe feeding and taking care of them, against all odds.
I did this sketch from screen-shots taken of the live cam. Not having Hummingbirds in South Africa and now knowing them very well, I Googled it – the description read, “Allen’s Hummingbird: Small, compact hummingbird; male has straight black bill, glittering green crown and back, white breast, and rufous sides, belly, rump, and tail. The throat (gorget) is iridescent copper-red. Feeds on nectar, insects, spiders, and sap. Swift direct flight, hovers when feeding.” It also states that it is the female that incubates the eggs for 15 to 17 days, so maybe the female’s bill is a bit more curved. All wonderfully new stuff to me!