While females are all business--coming to the feeder for a drink and leaving quickly to return to nesting activities--juveniles hang-out. They sit on limbs, hide in the foliage, watch the activities for a while and tentatively approach the feeder. They also explore everything, especially the flowers.
Juvenile hummingbird observations inspired my two "mini-bell" sketches above. Both were created using negative painting to form the leaf shapes that make up the tangle of foliage so characteristic of minature petunias. "Hummingbird and Million Bells", above, began as a wet-on-wet multi-colored wash of Quinacradone Gold, Quinacradone Rose and Cobalt Teal Blue (all Daniel Smith watercolors).
More posts about hummingbirds: hummingbird studies and hummingbirds in flight
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