By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 at 7:23 am in hummingbirds.
These interesting photos by Bryan McClure of Concord, California, show a curious Anna’s hummingbird zooming in to have a closer look at an immature red-tailed hawk sitting on a power pole that’s probably right smack in the middle of the hummingbird’s territory.
When it comes to defending its turf, hummingbirds don’t give a hoot about size. Fortunately for the hawk,it doesn’t compete with the hummer for flower nectar … otherwise the tiny but VERY AGGRESSIVE hummingbird would have quickly sent it on its way.
This reminds me of the time I looked up and spotted a golden eagle cruising along … when it suddenly took a quick nosedive, whipped around to the right, stalled, zoomed back up, tucked a wing and nosed over in a quick dive to the right, then back up into level flight again. Curious at what might be upsetting such a huge bird of prey, I ran and grabbed my binoculars for a closer look.
There seemed to be a black speck buzzing around the eagle. As the giant bird flew closer, the tiny speck turned into a hummingbird that was zipping back and forth and around the eagle, once even appearing to bounce off the eagle’s back.
Try as it might, that great bomber of a bird could do nothing to stave off that tiny fighter plane hummingbird. The eagle was clearly outclassed by a bird that was smaller than one of its toes.
Wow! Was it something the eagle said? /Gary