The Courtship And Mating Of Hummingbirds

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The courtship and mating of hummingbirds is fascinating to observe. They display spectacular styles of flight. Before the courtship begins the male typically arrives first and establishes a territory rich in nectar. He will chase off all other males and hope the nectar attracts the females. For a while as the females attempt to feed he pretends to chase them off. Then the male hummingbird goes into his mating ritual. Thus begins spectacular patterns of flight, with wonderful maneuvers. It's one thing to watch this courtship of nature, but even more amazing to capture it on film.

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