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?
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