Sunday, July 26, 2015

"UP" - Hummingbird oil painting


3 x 9" oil on canvas

One of my favorite birds to paint are "hummingbirds."  This is a brand new oil painting of an "Anna's Hummingbird."  They are all around in my backyard and are fun to watch.  The scientific name is "Calypte anna."

Barbara Rudolph

My backyard hummingbird with new feeder from the National Geographic catalogue

About the Anna's Hummingbird...

Anna’s Hummingbirds are among the most common hummingbirds along the Pacific Coast, yet they're anything but common in appearance. With their iridescent emerald feathers and sparkling rose-pink throats, they are more like flying jewelry than birds. Though no larger than a ping-pong ball and no heavier than a nickel, Anna’s Hummingbirds make a strong impression. In their thrilling courtship displays, males climb up to 130 feet into the air and then swoop to the ground with a curious burst of noise that they produce through their tail feathers.

  • Habitat

    Anna’s Hummingbirds are common in yards, parks, residential streets, eucalyptus groves, riverside woods, savannahs, and coastal scrub. They readily come to hummingbird feeders and flowering plants, including cultivated species in gardens.

    Backyard Tips

    Anna’s Hummingbirds are welcome backyard birds and are easy to attract. Set out a hummingbird feeder, then mix your own hummingbird food using one part sugar to four parts water. Don't use honey or food coloring. Anna’s don’t migrate much, so don’t be surprised if the bird visits your feeder all year long. 
    Find This Bird
    The easiest place to see Anna's Hummingbirds is at a feeder; otherwise keep a sharp eye out near large, colorful blossoms during the spring, especially near eucalyptus trees and cultivated gardens. Look for males are often seen high in the branches of a small tree or bush, singing loudly. 
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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