Photography : Birds : In-Flight Snack

A hummingbird slakes its thirst for nectar at the guest quarters of the Operations Center of the Very Large Array. It may be odd to think this but hummingbirds are actually carnivores, devouring flies and other bugs; while the nectar provides high-energy fuel for flying. Hummingbirds migrate to follow the insect population, and so they leave the Northern Hemisphere in the Winter. Some of these amazing birds fly across the Gulf of Mexico, some 500 miles (800 km), in a single 18-22 hour flight!


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