- Baby hummingbirds hatching
- This hummingbird documentary opens with an aerial shot of
what a spring migrating Black-chinned hummingbird sees as she
hums across the Rio Grande River, from Mexico into Texas. (Dan
piloted the photo aircraft.) Then you see newly arrived hummers
in Del Rio, Texas, shopping for a nest site (house hunting).
You also see one female hummingbird select a nest site, followed
by the actions of her 5 days of nest building activity. Through
the magic of video, those 5 days are compressed into a few minutes.
Spider webbing is the most important material hummingbirds use
in nest construction. At the same time, is difficult for cameras
to "see" nearly invisible spider webbing. Since spider
webbing is a critical element in a mom hummingbird's life, we
felt it important that you see the spider webbing collected by
a mom hummingbird. After months of experimenting, we devised
a special lighting system that highlights the spider webbing.
With our special lighting, you see how the female hummingbird
carries spider webbing, and how she works the webbing into her
nest. Seeing spider webbing is unique to our video, when compared
to others. Seeing a mom hummingbird lay her egg is also unique
to our video.
- After two years of filming hummingbird nesting, we discovered
the exact hour when hummingbirds lay an egg. One Saturday, when
a hen laid her first egg, we knew her second would arrive Monday.
More importantly, we knew the exact hour that egg would arrive.
With high confidence, we looked forward to Monday's filming..
When we arrived Monday morning, we were surprised that Mom hummingbird
had already laid her second egg. After recovering from the disappointment,
we realized we missed filming her egg laying because that was
the weekend we changed to daylight saving time. Belatedly, we
learned that hummingbirds tell time by the sun, not by a clock.
Therefore, we were an hour late, and It took another year to
film a hummingbird laying an egg. Our video shows you the actual
arrival of her egg. That scene is a first in bird photography.
On this unusual video you also see a neighbor hummingbird hen
hum in and steal nest material right off a nest-in-progress when
the owner leaves to get another load of building material. You
also see eggs hatching; the very first feeding of a new chick
that is still in part of its egg shell; growth of chicks; plus
the first flight, and first landing of a chick. Watch a little
hummer mom raise her family alone, and learn the reason behind
why she does so with no help from Daddy Bird. There is much,
much more on this fine hummingbird video. Here is a sampling
of letters from customers:
Dear Mr. True,
Barbara and I are birders from 'way back and we are truly amazed
at the degree of accomplishment you achieved in filming these
Very truly yours, Reid P Bice
- Dan & Diane: Amazing video. A Tremendous effort, and
so well done. Her egg laying sequence is incredible
(or better) quality. Congratulations. Yours truly,
John and Anna Mae Berwick (John is a retired aeronautical engineer
from Cessna Aircraft in Kansas.)
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