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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Juvenile Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in the garden

We put in a butterfly and hummingbird garden in the backyard so that we can observe and photograph these delicate little birds. I female Ruby-throated Hummingbird was visiting periodically that morning -- about every 20 or 30 minutes -- when all of a sudden I noticed that there were two of them! I thought this was a male, but was tickled to see in the photograph that it is a juvenile male! My first spotting of a juvenile and thrilled that they are enjoying our garden.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Plantation, Florida, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Ellen Mee