CUBAN EMERALD HUMMINGBIRD

Cuban Emerald Delphi Abaco 4

A CUBAN EMERALD HUMMINGBIRD AT DELPHI, ABACO

Mostly, the Cuban Emeralds at Delphi spend their days perching briefly on twigs before zooming like tiny green rockets to their next appointment – an inviting sugar-water feeder, a promising flower or maybe yet another tempting twig. Sometimes, pairs will put on an acrobatic mid-air display, flitting around each other at high speed, chittering, before disappearing into the coppice together. Avian speed-dating. Occasionally, they are more contemplative. Emeralds may be quite hard to spot in amongst the green leaves, but often they are there, quietly watching you go by. Here is one that stayed put when I stopped to admire it.

I’m keeping an eye on you…¬†Cuban Emerald Delphi Abaco 1

I’ll tuck my wing in neatly if you are going to take pics of meCuban Emerald Delphi Abaco 2

Uh-oh! Close-ups. This is my better side.
Cuban Emerald Delphi Abaco 3

That’s enough, human. I’ve stopped the¬†posing. Now push off and leave me alone.Cuban Emerald Delphi Abaco 5

In close-up, the feathers look like tiny iridescent pine needle fansCuban Emerald Delphi Abaco 6

THE DELPHI CLUB GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF ABACO

THE DELPHI CLUB GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF ABACO

by

KEITH SALVESEN

Published 1 March 2014 by Delphi Club Publications

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

Apologies to anyone who has strayed onto this new-born site. The hard hats are on and work is under way. Why not take a peek at the nine birds below while you are here!

JACKET GRAB JPGflyer 2

THE CONTRIBUTORS (click to enlarge)Spreads for Becky 1piping-plover-bh-img_1919cuban-emerald-delphi-abaco-3clapper-rail-abaco-bahamas-tom-sheleyCuban Pewee KS P1090034 copy 3least-tern_ach3672-copyamerican-oystercatchers-bh-img_2000-copy-2smooth-billed-ani-pair-gtGreat Egret grab Tom Sheley