Who Really is the Boss?
Always a tough question! I guess in nature, we always see different species fight, truly, it is only natural. Every bird, animal seems to want their own private space, food, family. I am sure in most cases, this is worth fighting for.
After hosting 15 tours to Costa Rica, mainly for hummingbirds, on my 12th program, I was able to catch a series of images with 2 birds in focus, and doing battle. I am sure I could easily do 100 more tours, and not capture such a shot! I think I have about 6 shots from this series, taken at 4 frames per second, so you can imagine how lucky I was !!
Fiery-throateds are the ultimate squabblers. My guests are in awe with their beauty, and amused by their necessity to fight. Two birds will sometimes engage in battle up in the air like this pair, then eventually lose their ability to fly, and end up on the ground, "duking it out"!
It's funny when some guests will reach down to take the pair and separate them! When fiery-throateds get into these battles, the fight is so intense, people seem to have no effect on them, so we can actually move them apart, and let the birds go on their way.
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