These are photographs from the first week I started using a digital SLR camera, just over four years ago. The second one is cropped a bit more than I’d usually post to BPotD, but you get a bit more of a close-up of the hummingbird this way. I believe this is a female rufous hummingbird, Selasphorus rufus, as there seems to be some red-brownish colouration along her side. Hummingbirds can be spotted year-round at UBC Botanical Garden, as we have at least one resident Anna’s hummingbird who can be seen throughout the winter. These photographs, though, were taken in June when the migrant rufous hummingbirds join the mix in the garden.
Hummingbirds have a high rank in my list of favourite birds. I remember holding one as a child until it recovered well enough to fly away after hitting the kitchen window — as light as a coin. I also vaguely recall discovering an unused nest in the caragana hedge in front of the house, a sight only witnessed again several years ago when visiting the hummingbird house at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (but this time with mom in the nest).
The summer 2000 membership newsletter at Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden contains an excellent article on hummingbirds: Why Do Our Hummingbirds Hum?. It features far more than I could knowledgeably write about hummingbirds as pollinators, the co-evolution of hummingbirds and flower morphology, and hummingbird behaviour, so I highly recommend it.
As for the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in the photographs, it was previously featured on BPotD here: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, so do reread that entry for some information. I’ll only add that it has a classic hummingbird-pollinated flower: red and tubular.