Monday, January 18, 2010
Allen's Hummingbird - Maree
I've decided to also try my hand at sketching the Allen's Hummingbird from the live cam link Vickie supplied (http://cam.dellwo.com/) - it's great watching her settling on the eggs, blinking from time to time, even that long tongue swooping out every now and then and then flitting off for a snack.
I did this sketch from screenshots taken of the live cam. Not knowing Hummingbirds very well, we don't have them in South Africa, only Sun Birds, I Googled it and somehow think I've made the beak much too curved, like that of a Sun Bird (although it certainly looked like that on the screenshot) - 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!