A Teenager With Attitude

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A Teenager with Attitude.
 
Often people see the aggressive behavior of hummingbirds near the feeders and wonder if it is really necessary. Well, it is part of making sure the next generation of birds will be strong. The young males attempt to establish dominance over a territory, in this case a feeder. It isn’t until late summer, like now, that you start to see color on the throat or gorget, of the younger birds. They are doing what will help the strongest of the species survive and thrive the next years. They are building up the energy and food stores they will need to migrate south. In the spring, the first ones to arrive are the strongest, mainly to get to the prime breeding and feeding grounds. Shortly after a second wave of birds will arrive, which typically are the males that just aren’t the most dominate. It is a necessary part of the life cycle. Just make sure they have plenty of food for their trip, don’t worry about the feeder wars.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, +0 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 3200, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, AF active, VC active, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #Sirui
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