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Wanna see how tiny a hummingbird egg is? Check this out!

Anna’s hummingbird and eggs. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, Calif.

The hummingbird’s nest is the size of half a walnut. A female Anna’s hummingbird like the one in this photo is about 3-inches tall.

The egg is a little over a quarter inch long … about the size of a coffee bean or half the size of a tiny Jelly Belly jellybean.

When the baby hummer hatches from the egg, it is so tiny it can sit comfortably on a quarter … on George Washington’s forehead. Amazing creatures, aren’t they?

Anna’s hummingbird egg. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Speaking of amazing, how about my friend, Brian Murphy, who took these amazing and beautiful photos. Brian is one of my favorite photographers. Here’s what he has to say about taking pictures like this:

With photography, the first thing you have to do is “show up.” Friends wanted me to see the hummingbird nest next to their kitchen window. I showed up and was trying to get a nice photo of the eggs in the nest and I did! The hummer flew by at the moment the camera took the photo. All I did was show up and push the button!
Brian, Walnut Creek

You have to admit, Brian has that camera of his pretty well trained to take those beautiful pictures of his. Wish I could get mine to do that! /Gary

Anna’s hummingbird incubating eggs. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Posted by on March 20, 2009.

Categories: Hummingbird eggs, hummingbirds

6 Responses

  1. WOW!! Great pics Brian. Thanks for sharing!

    by Pat in Antioch on Mar 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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    by Tiny Hummingbird Eggs : BadBiddy on Mar 21, 2009 at 9:59 pm

  3. Great photographs! How close did you get to the nest to take those photos? I have a hummingbird in my backyard and was trying to figure out how to get close enough to see into the nest without disturbing it. The hummingbird never goes very far from the nest, so I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to get close to the nest. Any knowledge on this?
    Here’s a pic of my hummingbird:


    by Gita on Apr 23, 2009 at 8:06 pm

  4. Brian Murphy, who took these wonderful photos, used a long lens, a telephoto lens, to get these pictures. That way you don’t have to get too close.

    by Gary Bogue on Apr 24, 2009 at 4:45 am

  5. Thanks for the tip. I didn’t have a long lens, so I quickly took a look at the nest while the mother hummingbird was gone. There is one tiny newly hatched bird in there. Very cute. I didn’t stay too long in order not to disturb the nest. It is tiny! What a treat to watch. Here are my latest pics of the baby.


    by Gita on Apr 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm

  6. enjoyed the pictures. settles the fact of why i can never find a hummingbird nest. ours flies so many different directions i wouldn’t know where to begin to look. always at our feeders though. we believe we have rubythroated hummers, male an female. every year but never see any babies, why is that?

    by robin on Jul 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm

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My name’s Gary Bogue. Animals have always been a big part of my life. From the spiders I collected as a preschooler, to the boa constrictor my parents gave me one Christmas when I was in high school, to the orphaned mountain lions, eagles, otters, hummingbirds, bears, and other wild creatures I helped raise and [...]more →