In my last post, I talked about the family of monkeys that are setting up shop here on our resort, and how the baby – affectionately named ‘Monkini’ by my dear wife, is growing up at a rate of knots. Well, just after that post, we had another family start anew on resort – this time in the form of the beautiful, if not tiny Hummingbird.
Here is mum, precariously perched on the end of a bush, in front of the sugar mill and undoubtedly on the busiest pathway in the resort. We are all a little bemused as to why she would want to setup here, but it is not an uncommon place for the Hummingbirds to nest, so clearly evolution has a plan…whatever that plan is.
Anyway, mum is sat here, in front of the sugar mill basking in the shade and fighting the breeze that is coming in from the sea. It is really difficult for me to portray just how tiny this bird is – I was hoping that the Sugar Mill would help give a little perspective, but as it is so far away, it actually makes her look even bigger!
To give you an idea, she is probably about 9cm long, beak to tail. (That’s just 3 and a bit inches for our American friends) And her nest is just as slight. I stood around at a good distance as she flew in and out of her nest, bringing back twigs and fluff to build her abode.
She would only leave for a few moments at a time, and a closer peak revealed why:
These two eggs are TINY!! Barely the size of a mento each, and left unattended for the briefest of moments whilst the nest is added to and mum eats…Why she picked such a busy and open spot for her nest again? I have no idea…
So we now have (hopefully!) at least two families growing with us here whilst we soak up the sun and shoot our weddings. I will keep you posted how our Hummingbird family get on, and will snap away at the monkeys as and when we see them. I have a whole host of blogs to get round to, but wanted to get my David Attenborough bit out of the way first.
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