Posts Tagged ‘mantle’

The Scary, Batlike Hummingbirds of Golden Gate Park – And This Other One has a Costume for Halloween 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

This little critter startled me the other day, as it’s in the same bush where I saw a roof rat a few weeks back.

Dese boids generally have an all-carbs diet, but sometimes they need a little protein. This the last thing some spiders see:

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Sort of looks like a bat to me.

But now it’s time for costumes. This little feller’s mantle is saying, “Hey ladies, look at me!”


(Hey, you know, speaking of scary, area Republican Ron Conway, through his interest in Pinterest, has made more money off of this shot than I have. Taken more than a decade ago with a $4500 camera and $4500 worth of glass it was. I’m in the wrong “business.”)

Happy Halloween!

This Little Anna’s Hummingbird is Proud and Shy at the Same Time

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Anna’s Hummingbirds (Calypte anna), particularly the males, are the biggest jerks in the animal kingdom,* am I right, girlfriends? They spend half the day chasing around other hummingbirds. For this kind of critter, an acre filled with sweet sweet nectar is mine, mine, all mine. No sharing allowed.

But this little one got picked on too much, so all it could do was hide and wait for the bigger boids to move on.

Can’t tell if it’s a girl or a young male:

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Oh, here we go, this Allen’s Hummingbird is all boy, with a brilliant mantle. Saw him at the San Francisco Botanical Garden before they closed it off, before the boycott. Oh well. Anyway, we bad:

*OMG, Animal Kingdom, is it in your NetFlix queue? If not, why not? You can’t ignore a 97% positive rating from Rotten Tomatoes, can you?

This Tiny Allen’s Hummingbird in Golden Gate Park is Trying to Impress You

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

A male Allen’s Hummingbird uses sunlight to show off his iridescent orange-red mantle at the Strybing Arboretum / San Francisco Botanical Garden .

It’s his way of saying “we bad” to other Allen’s Hummingbirds.