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#nikon My #christmastree this year...Tried out #longexposure shot on bulb! 
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My #christmastree this year...
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Hummingbirds
All birds are fascinating creatures, but there are many facts about hummingbirds that make them astonishing.

1. A hummingbird’s brilliant throat color is not caused by feather pigmentation, but rather by iridescence in the arrangement of the feathers and the influence of light level, moisture and other factors. 

2.Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying.

3.The calliope hummingbird is the smallest bird species in North America and measures just 3 inches long. The bee hummingbird is the smallest species and measures 2.25 inches long.

4.The average ruby-throated hummingbird weighs 3 grams. In comparison, a nickel weighs 4.5 grams.

5.From 25-30 percent of a hummingbird’s weight is in its pectoral muscles, the muscles principally responsible for flight.

6.A hummingbird’s maximum forward flight speed is 30 miles per hour, though the birds can reach up to 60 miles per hour in a dive, and hummingbirds have many adaptations for unique flight.

7.A hummingbird must consume approximately 1/2 of its weight in sugar daily, and the average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour.

8.A hummingbird’s wings beat between 50 and 200 flaps per second depending on the direction of flight and air conditions.

9.An average hummingbird’s heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute.

10. At rest, a hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute.

11. Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but have very keen eyesight.

12. Hummingbirds do not suck nectar through their long bills, they lick it with fringed, forked tongues.

13. A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
14. Hummingbirds digest natural sucrose in 20 minutes with 97 percent efficiency for converting the sugar into energy.

15. Despite their small size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and will regularly attack jays, crows and hawks that infringe on their territory, and backyard birders often have one dominant hummingbird that guards all the feeders.

Sources:
http://www.humming-birds.com/facts.htm
http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/facts.php
http://birding.about.com/od/birdprofiles/a/hummingbirdfacts.htm
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/ruby-throat-hummingbird/

#hummingbird   #birdlife  
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My Christmas Tree 2014! I still didn't finish decorating! #christmastree   #presents #presentsforall #gifts 
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December is the perfect time to serve fresh oysters... And here are some perfect ways to top them! http://bit.ly/1ybbN1g
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Some different types of Ramen? Have you tried these yet ?#ramen #yummyjapan #japanesefood
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