FOTD – Hummingbird Visits Hot Lips

Luckily, we have decent weather in California, and I found a peaceful park nearby just before the rains arrived today. There is a nice view of the snowcapped mountains and orange groves, which will be more spectacular when the wind blows out the smog-haze.

I came across these interesting red and white flowers that remind me of Christmas colors, known as Salvia microphylla, or “hot lips”, which are heavily guarded by a male hummingbird. He is fast, but I got lucky with a few shots, using my 70-300mm DSLR lens, for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) challenge. He camouflages well — see if you can find him in the photos!

Male hummingbird in orange tree (far right, middle) with his back to camera.
Male hummingbird in orange tree, guarding flowers located nearby.

I can see that I will need a few visits to the park to capture more photos of the little guy amongst the Salvia, as I am pretty sure this is his spot. He was making a lot of territorial hummingbird noises from the nearby trees in between visiting the flowers.

Male hummingbird visits Salvia “hot lips” flowers.

Merry Christmas!

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Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

6 thoughts on “FOTD – Hummingbird Visits Hot Lips

  1. Hummingbirds are keenly selective! How inquisitive they are to select these beautiful red flowers! So difficult to capture these birds among their habitat especially among this spectacular backdrop! Beautiful pictures!

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