Birds crack me up! This broad-billed hummingbird was not flitting around as fast as hummingbirds are known to do, so I found myself with a smile on my face as I watched it. Here it looked like it was falling asleep, eyes closed but beak open:
Then the bird is awake yet still remaining on the branch! I am thinking I may be looking at the bird’s their eyelid called a nictitating membrane. Often when a bird is waking up or sleepy this membrane can be visible. And then the hummingbird’s eyes were open as seen below:
The final pose, obviously a great stretch of its body, making me smile was what I called the “yoga move”:
Never know what you’ll see with birds; that is what makes bird-watching fun! Have you spent time watching any interesting birds lately? Let me know, thanks.
In researching some info for this post I learned birds of prey, example hawk, close their nictitaing membrane, third eyelid, when capturing prey. Birds of prey cannot afford to have prey scratch their eyes! Hmmm…. I wonder if I’ll see that some day …. keeping my eyes open!