Allen’s Hummingbird, San Diego, California, USA by Cindy Croissant

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Starting in early February, the hummingbird activity picks up in San Diego as the boys are fighting each other and chasing after the ladies. Their feathers are also in great shape for the season making for great photos. Before COVID-19, I would often be away on business and miss some of the best weekends to photograph the hummingbirds, but with the pandemic, this has certainly not been an issue this year. We have several Bird of Paradise plants in our backyard that seem to be a favorite of the birds and bees, not to mention the fact that they have fantastic flowers. I spent several hours on February 6th watching all the activity between the Allen’s and Anna’s hummingbirds playing, fighting, pursuing, and eating. This specific Bird of Paradise flower just happened to be in the sun with the house wall in the background, making it the perfect place to photograph the hummingbirds. I got settled and waited – it didn’t take long until this little Allen’s hummingbird decided to be in the right place at the right time!

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