CUBAN EMERALDS ON ABACO: JEWELS BEYOND PRICE
Well I don’t want to overstate it, but there cannot be anyone on the planet who has anything but love for hummingbirds. There’s no existing word for ‘fear of hummingbirds’ – ‘colibriphobia‘ is not a ‘thing’. There’s fear of almost everything else, from grass to clouds to plastic bags**… but, surely, not hummers. Here are a few to enjoy.
The females have a wonderful metallic sheen that makes them shimmer in the sunshine. Males are darker: a gorgeous, handsome green. The Emeralds are one of those bird species where it is hard to decide between the sexes which is the more beautiful…
All photos: Keith Salvesen / Rolling Harbour
** Plastybolsaphobia (nb despite the apparent Greek derivation of this word, the Ancient Greeks were strangers to the world of these handy carriers / vile polluters / dealing wildlife killers)
Delightful photos by Keith Salvesen, RH. And you are right, hummingbirds bring out the best in all of us. Great post, my friend–
How perceptive Jet… in fact that KS is very well acquainted with RH, you might say. His pics don’t always cut the mustard, but occasionally they probably deserve an outing! RH
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