This young Rufous-breasted Hermit will follow in its mothers' footsteps soon.
The Rufous-breasted Hermit is also a regularly seen guest at Kabalebo. Quite often it is enjoying the sugar water from the different feeders. The female hummingbirds usually build their nest near their food source (feeders, insects and flowers) and this little lady also did the same.
The female Rufous-breasted Hermit built her nest on one of our coconut palm tree leaves near the lodge. At first sight it looked like some spider webs build up, but a closer look revealed her 'home-for-the-time-being'. My first Rufous-breasted nest observation, 2014, ended empty handed. But since I don't want to disturb her also during the whole incubation process I decided to take this picture, leave her alone and see the outcome. And she rewarded me for our mutual respect:
On March 20, 2016 I saw a little hummer sitting in one of the citrus trees. It was a juvenile and I immediately knew that it was a Rufous-breasted hermit. I know the Rufous-breasted Hermit likes to wag its tail while at rest and this little fellow did the same.
It was sitting for a long time inside the citrus branch, but after a while it started to get anxious. Mother Rufous was nearby and that means …. feeding time. Notice its little wagging tail.
Just like the little one, even I got excited, because it meant that I could witness the feeding time too. But I guess I was too excited, resulting in a shaky picture.
After being fed, the mother stood right in front of the little one. Like it wanted to say that it will soon have to become independent.
Here I took another picture of the little Rufous-breasted Hermit. What you don't see is that its sibling was also nearby but a bit higher.
On April 20, 2016, one month later, I met this little fellow again on one of our feeders.
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