This slow motion, closeup video, gives an unusual glimpse into the life of a hummingbird. At one point she leaves her perch at the approach of a Yellow Jacket which is also attracted to the sugary water. Apparently, she appreciates the danger that the venom from the sting of one the hymenoptera (bee, wasp, hornet, etc). would pose to her tiny body. During the many hours that I spent trying to capture video of hummingbirds I witnessed many hummer-hymenoptera encounters, and the birds invariably took their presence very seriously. There was a slight drizzle occurring during this segment, which accounts for the occasional droplet of water bouncing off the bird's back.
Ruby Throated HummingbirdAvesApodiformesTrochilidaeNeenah PreserveCook CountyIllinois