The Story Behind the Hummingbirds StoryThe story-behind-the-story is that someone in Kentucky falsely passed the photographs off as their own. When the impostor won first prize, Abigail and her husband, who really took the photos, published the full story; it is her hands in the picture and not the impostor's. These photographs were take in 2006, Will and Guy hope that Abigail has had just as much pleasure from the Hummingbird fly zone in 2007.
Here is Abigail to Prove it was Her Hummingbird Story
Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds
- As you suspected, the hummingbird is the smallest bird. The honour of the world's smallest bird falls to the bee hummingbird. They are consistently less than 3 inches or 7 cm. One side effect of this extreme adaptation is they have the highest percentage of brain and muscle of any bird.
- Hummingbirds beat their wings 1,000 times a minute. What is even more amazing is that their flight control. When hovering they can fly backwards, as well as up or down. The secret of these flight patterns is their ability to rotate their wings in a circle.
- The hummingbirds' tongue is modified to suck their fuel nectar from their chosen species of flower. Nectar is almost 100% sugar; to get protein hummingbirds eat the odd spider or other insects.
- What's interesting is the flower's relationship with the hummingbird. Without the intervention of the hummingbird, many flowers could not pollinate. From the flower's point of view producing nectar is the bribe necessary for cross-pollination, without which flower species can and do become extinct.
- At night hummingbirds conserve energy by going into suspended animation, a state where they only consume 1/10 of the calories used when foraging.