Mother Nature offers some truly exceptional sights, but these multicolored tiny little things look out of this world. Naive to the Americas, the hummingbirds are the smallest bird species, but always a sight to behold. Designed in a breathtaking variety of colors, each and any of these birds looks unique. They look so beautiful, we might be tempted to say they’re not even real.

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Absorbed by their beauty, this woman in California turned her backyard into a veritable hummingbirds gathering. She admires them, feeds them and of course captures them on camera. Needless to mention the photos Tracy Johnson take of her adorable visitors make waves on Internet. She even has an Instagram where over 76,000 people follow these delightful birds.

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“The birds are REAL,” Tracy wrote on Instagram. “If I could do animation I would animate tiny dragons landing on me instead of birds.” She even named each of the colorful birds. By far, the most imposing one is Donatello – an extremely cute hummingbird male. “[He] gave the other hummingbirds a stern talking to about flying too close to his flowers,” Tracy explained. “Donatello has polka dotted feathers right now but when he becomes an adult his neck, face and head feathers will all fill in and become a fuchsia or red color.”

With his pink and orange features, Donatello really is unique!

 

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Look at these amazing orange and pink feathers on this male Annas Hummingbird. Earlier in the Spring all of the male Annas Hummingbirds Gorget feathers were bright fuchsia or red. They were evenly colored and super rich and bright. Over the summer months the feathers have turned more and more Orange. With some tiny spots of Fushia showing through where the feathers are more protected from abrasion, exposure, weather and sunlight. So. What’s going on here? Well, unfortunately, nobody on the Internet can seem to agree on what the cause is. Some say it’s due to wear and tear and bleaching from the sunshine, others say it’s from an “alternate molt” meaning that the birds go through an additional molt where they replace their Gorget feathers more than once per year. We just don’t have enough information to say for sure. It is odd to me though that the pink feathers are the ones layered beneath the others. Maybe we will know one day. In the meantime: I’m enjoying the color variations immensely. 💕🐦💖🐤 #birds #birdgang #bird #hummingbirds #hummingbirdlover #hummingbird #bird_watchers_daily #birdwatching #birdfreaks #birdstagram #birdsofinstagram #nuts_about_birds #birdphotography #bird_lovers_daily #allmightybirds #pocket_birds #exclusive_bird #bestbirdshots #best_birds_of_ig #igbirds #rsa_nature_birds #best_birds_of_ig #hummingbirdsofinstagram #nikonnofilter #nikon #annashummingbird #feather_perfection #backyard_dreams #bestshotz_birds #kings_birds

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“Here is an old photo of Merlin, the sweetest male rufous to ever visit the yard.”

 

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Here is an old photo of Merlin, the sweetest male rufous to ever visit the yard. Remember when I accidentally threw my phone in the pool? One reason I was so devastated was because the phone had about 100 older videos of hand feeding the rufouses, and shortly afterwards they all left the yard. So all I had left of Merlin and the others were memories and soggy videos that I couldn’t access. The moral of this story is: don’t throw your phone into the pool. (Or maybe turn ON the cloud on your iPhone, or backup your phone or buy the insurance or don’t be a klutz or if you are a klutz don’t put your phone near any bodies of water) mostly, i guess it’s just important to live in the moment and enjoy your day to day interactions with your friends and family. Because you never know how long they will be around. ❤️🐤 #birds #birdgang #bird #hummingbirds #hummingbirdlover #hummingbird #bird_watchers_daily #birdwatching #birdfreaks #birdstagram #birdsofinstagram #nuts_about_birds #birdphotography #bird_lovers_daily #allmightybirds #pocket_birds #exclusive_bird #bestbirdshots #best_birds_of_ig #igbirds #rsa_nature_birds #best_birds_of_ig #hummingbirdsofinstagram #nikonnofilter #nikon #annashummingbird #feather_perfection #backyard_dreams #bestshotz_birds #kings_birds

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Besides the regular visitors, Tracy’s backyard was visited by some “passerby” hummingbirds. “We had a new migratory visitor arrive at the feeders last night,” she wrote. “It’s rare for us to see a Black Chinned Hummingbird.”

 

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I may have made a mistake when I took that selfie (in my new polka dot dress) with the ants awhile ago. Don’t say anything to them but they have overstayed their welcome. I had told them to “stop by anytime” BUT I MEANT OUTSIDE!!! Near the jacuzzi! Not inside: on the countertops, the furniture, the food in the pantry, THE CATS. *sigh* now they have moved in and I’m feeling very crowded. Red (my cat) thought that the best thing you do when you have ants in your house is to tip over a bowl filled with cheesy crackers. It’s actually the most polite way of saying “Welcome to our home! Please stay as long as you want to!” So: he plotted. He planned. He lurked in the shadows. And at the most perfect time he jumped in front of me: came to a dead stop near my legs: and tripped me. Thus accomplishing his job as the Welcoming Committee. So. Here we are. Me and Red (and the ants) talking about how much we miss Merlin (one of our friends who is a male Rufous Hummingbird: he’s visiting friends in Alberta) so Red asked me to post Merlins photo on my feed… In the hopes that Merlin might see this and come home. Merlin: if you’re reading this please come back, we are having a party and it would be so much better if you were here (and not just because you would eat the ants) 😬🐦🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐱🎉💕 #birds #birdgang #bird #hummingbirds #hummingbirdlover #hummingbird #bird_watchers_daily #birdwatching #birdfreaks #birdstagram #birdsofinstagram #nuts_about_birds #birdphotography #bird_lovers_daily #allmightybirds #pocket_birds #exclusive_bird #bestbirdshots #best_birds_of_ig #igbirds #rsa_nature_birds #best_birds_of_ig #hummingbirdsofinstagram #nikonnofilter #nikon #annashummingbird #feather_perfection #backyard_dreams #bestshotz_birds #kings_birds

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“Morgan (another beautiful male) has become ridiculously good at avoiding contact with me.” However, judging by the photos, Morgan didn’t have a problem eating from Tracy’s bird feeder.

Tracy describes her tiny visitors as “elegant, graceful, long-necked, slender” and of course very photogenic!

 

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Lily, a female Annas Hummingbird, has no time for chit chat lately. She zooms to the feeder, then up into the palm trees to catch gnats, then to the lavender bushes to drink some more, then to an undisclosed location somewhere up and over the roof, around the yard and to who the heck knows where. (?!?!) She was building a nest six weeks ago and I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN INVITATION TO HER HOUSEWARMING/BABY SHOWER. Sigh. But I’m not sad about it at all. I don’t go running from the backyard to the front yard in the hopes of discovering where her nest is. Because that would be crazy town. Wait: is her nest in Crazy Town?! Somebody please tell me where her nest is! I just want to see it so I can get some decorating ideas, that’s all, I Swear! *sigh* 🐣❤️ #nikonnofilter Nikon D610 #withmytamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

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I don’t know you, but I just can’t get enough of these gorgeous little creatures!

 

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I am forever amazed when I stand in the backyard and look down at my feet. There is so much going on in the tiny world of ants and bugs and worms. I’m awed by the sheer amount of activity in this world that is happening without us even noticing. If you stand in your garden or you walk through a park: At any given moment on the planet, there are a million creatures living their lives beneath our feet. Or above our heads in the trees and hidden in the rooftops. Its a very busy world: between the ants and the lizards. The birds and the bees. The ladybugs and the dragonflies. The tiniest of creatures who are just doing their daily activities. I feel like it’s important to remember that even if you’re sitting outside in your backyard, alone. You’re never really alone. (And not in a creepy way) Perhaps when the ladybug lands on you: it is actually trying to give you a hug. But it’s arms are too short. Or when a bee lands on you: it’s giving you a kiss. Now, don’t be fooled by the mosquitos. It’s not a kiss or a hug they are after. Those guys just want to suck your blood. They literally and figuratively: suck. 🙄😂 But. They are just trying to live the best lives that they can. So, you can’t really fault them for that. Even though I sometimes still do! The minutiae of this world, is mind boggling. Take a moment to look closely at the bark of a tree. And you will see what I mean. The hummingbirds teach me to pay attention to the small details. Because sometimes, the smallest details are the most fascinating ones. Here is Merlin, a male Rufous Hummingbird, showing us how to be ridiculously good looking. Even when you’re just an itty bitty bird. 😍🧡❤️ @tracylovesthestarsxoxo

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You can fallow Tracy and her extremely adorable visitors, here!

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