Thick as Bees

Buzzing, darting about, causing people to quickly duck, were what I assumed to be dozens of large bumble bees swarming on the purple salvia. Except  they weren’t bees at all. Those frantic creatures were hummingbirds!Thick as Bees (1)

I’ve never seen them gathered in such numbers as I saw at the South Coast Botanic Gardens this past weekend. I tried snapping clear, posed pictures, but it was nearly impossible. They moved too fast, I couldn’t get in focus. I needed something to lean my zoom lens on for stability, but the prime bench property set amongst the flowers was taken by another photographer who wouldn’t budge. So, this little gallery is my best attempt. ~SueBee (photos by SueBee)

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6 Comments on “Thick as Bees”

  1. Oct 19, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Those photos look great to me and the experience sounds even greater.

  2. Sep 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    One of those occasions when a bird in the bush is worth two in the hand. Lovely pictures.

  3. Sep 23, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Pretty good for a hand-held zoom, I think. I hear my “pet” hummingbirds just outside my window now. They’re surprisingly noisy for such tiny creatures, aren’t they?

    • Sep 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      They really are. There was such a buzzing noise I really thought the bushes were full of bees.

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