Patience Rewarded

Canada #17 Grouse Mountain

Part Four

We waited for a very long time before seeing hummingbirds on Grouse Mountain.

At an elevation of 1,100 metres, the hummingbird monitoring station on the mountain is the highest in British Columbia. In a program designed to gather scientific data on hummingbird populations in western North America, the birds are banded, released and observed in their natural habitat.

We gained a new appreciation for the work done by members of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network after standing near the hummingbird feeders for what seemed like hours.

Eventually our patience was rewarded when two birds arrived. They darted to and fro, constantly flying to the feeder and then taking refuge in the surrounding trees before returning to the feeder again.

Even with our cameras on fast motion settings, it was difficult to get clear images of these tiny birds. With careful timing and plenty of good luck, we managed to capture a few nice photographs.

It was worth the wait to see hummingbirds on Grouse Mountain.

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43 thoughts on “Patience Rewarded

  1. Love your hummngbirds. We have them in our Colorado Rocky Mountains. Love to watch them flitting so quickly. Your photos are terrific. And hard to take. It is winter here now and our hummingbirds have all gone south. Always happy to see them in the spring.

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  3. Glad to know that Grouse Mountain is monitoring the hummers. Down below at Stanley Park, they do this as well. I have these birds all year round in my backyard. Love shots.

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