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Our Winter Bird Highlights, summarizing the results from the 2022-23 season, is now online.


Photo Submission

Submitted By

Cynthia Lockwood

The Woodlands, TX, United States


One day I was out photographing in my backyard when I noticed two immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds fighting near the feeders. I had seen hummingbirds fight in midair before, but hadn’t seen them go to the ground with one pinned under the other like these two. Luckily, they both eventually flew away uninjured.

Hummingbird Smackdown

5 replies on “Hummingbird Smackdown”

Wow now THAT is unexpected! Hummingbird really are aerial fighters, so you were lucky to witness and capture the moment they fought on the ground. Very cool and unique image!

Cynthia Lockwood says:

Thank you for your nice comments, Olivia!

Theresa Nickels says:

Great story and wonderful photo, Cynthia!

Cynthia Lockwood says:

Thank you, Theresa!

Donna Barski says:

What a great (exciting) observation you had, Cynthia, and possibly a once-in-a-lifetime one! Glad you were ready with your camera.

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