I don't think I can do it.

I was busy with Sara's party today so I am posting a picture of a little guy that I snapped in Colorado at a friends house. I hear so many people tell me they can't do something, yet they don't even try. This little guy has wings so small you can hardly see them, yet they fly 500 miles non- stop over the Gulf of Mexico. See inter-net info below.

Hummingbirds are built for power and dazzle, hummingbirds are little more than flight muscles covered with feathers. 30% of a hummingbird's weight consists of flight muscles.
Hummingbirds require lots of energy. They have the fastest wing beats of any bird and their hearts beat up to 1,260 beats per minute.
A Hummingbird's flight speed can average 25-30 mph, and can dive up to 60 mph.
In their non stop quest for fuel, Hummingbirds may visit 1,000 flower per day. For protein, hummingbirds eat spiders and strain gnats from mid-air. They will pull insects out of spiderwebs including the spider itself. Sapsucker holes are a double treat, netting both insects and sap!
The hummingbird's tiny brain, 4.2% of its body weight, is proportionately the largest in the bird kingdom.
Hummingbirds feed through a long, tube-like tongue that darts into the flower's corolla for nectar. The tongue, shaped like a "W", uses capillary action to absorb the nectar much like a paper towel absorbs water. The tongue's brushy tip also traps insects on their own quest for nectar.
Many species that migrate to the U.S. travel impressive distances. Many ruby-throats make a 2,000 mile journey between Canada and Panama. The trip includes a non-stop, 500 mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico.
Awesome shot!!! Never knew those hummingbirds were so busy! Wow, 1000 flower per day! I get tired driving 500 miles let alone these poor little guys flying it! Thanks for all that info!
posted April 3rd, 2011  
That is a fantastic capture!!
posted April 3rd, 2011  
A great photo, and definiely a great commentary. Sometimes I think we cut oursleves short, and in the end we miss out on some of life's most precious blessings because of our attitude.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Great shot!
posted April 3rd, 2011  
incredible shot and a great message! You are always inspiring...
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Love the shot of the hummingbird. My parents have several feeders right outside their big kitchen window, so watching them is a bonus while washing dishes. I'm always amazed at how fast they are. You don't often see one at rest like this.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Thank you so much for sharing that! I had no idea hummingbirds were such troopers...I thought they were just light, airy little creatures with incredibly fast wings. Awesome capture, also! Definitely words to think about.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
You're so right Terry. We had our sports day last week and a very able bodied, yet lazy young 14 yr old, participated in nothing - and was proud of that. Another young man - who struggles with autism and gross motor problems, went in EVERYTHING and ran last in all his running races. The other kids ran alongside the track with him to encourage him, and he was so proud of himself to have competed. He knows he is not up to the same performances of the others, yet it didn't stop him entering. Long story short - I understand what you mean with this pic. Thanks for posting.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Great photo of this sweet, tough little bird. Built for speed and endurance, obviously.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
i love humming bird shots. :)
nice capture.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Great capture! How sweet is he.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Fantastic shot and great info !
posted April 3rd, 2011  
@murnane Marg. Thanks for sharing that story. That is exactly what I was talking about. Thanks for driving my point home.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
@girlie Thanks Robin. Not like us anymore. lol
posted April 3rd, 2011  
posted April 3rd, 2011  
@digitalrn You are so right. How is the hand today?
posted April 3rd, 2011  
@aj1268 Thanks Paula, I too could not believe how far they flap those little wings
posted April 3rd, 2011  
@lauriehiggins Yes, I think I took about 20 shots to catch him at rest.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
@dmrams Thanks Della, have a good week.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
@katrinacristy I know, that shocked me. Do you know how many times they would have to flap those little wings for 500 miles. lol
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Hummingbirds are such fascinating little creatures.. What a great shot! Love how close up it is allowing you to see the bird's colors so clearly!
posted April 3rd, 2011  
They sure do unbelievable things! Amazing capture! We can sure learn from this!
posted April 3rd, 2011  
great shot of that hummingbird. love it
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Excellent shot!
posted April 3rd, 2011  
@sarasdadandmom Hand is doing pretty good. For a day and a half now, only Advil, and I take the splint of to offer my hand some range of motion. Back to work tomorrow and we'll see.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
inspiring
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Busy little things!!!! Quite some research you did Terry.
posted April 3rd, 2011  
amazing :D
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Nice shot! Hope to get a few myself, once they arrive here
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Great capture!!
posted April 3rd, 2011  
Terry, first time I've seen a hummingbirds that was not caught on flight! Seriously! What a great shot!
posted April 4th, 2011  
Great! They are so difficult to photograph!
posted April 4th, 2011  
I love this one! I also love the info too....it's Science, people!
posted April 4th, 2011  
Awesome capture!
posted April 4th, 2011  
Gorgeous capture i wish we had those guys over here
Getting my 365 fix i miss all you guys & your great pics x
posted April 4th, 2011  
They are fun to watch. I have missed you , are you ok.??
posted April 4th, 2011  
Wow! Great capture. So crisp and clear.
posted April 4th, 2011  
What an amazing picture! I love it!
posted April 4th, 2011  
Fantastic shot, detail and such interesting information.
posted April 5th, 2011  
great pep talk and lovely capture!
posted April 6th, 2011  
Excellent capture. Those words (I can't) are happily missing from my vocabulary.
posted April 6th, 2011  
This is a really beautiful shot - and I love the sentiment you have expressed with it.
posted April 7th, 2011  
wow! I dont think I have ever seen a hummingbird without its wings flapping a million miles a minute! What a great capture! how close to that thing were you? Awesome shot! Im with you 100%....I think lifes biggest failure, is failing to try. Why not try something, give it your best. If you dont succeed, learn from it, and try again.....right?
posted April 9th, 2011  
@clarissajohal There is no doubt that you are a can do girl, it shows in your photos and words.
posted April 9th, 2011  
@canberrabec thanks becca
posted April 9th, 2011  
@deesdiscoveries I could not believe he sit still long enough for me. Maybe he was still feeling the Nyquil I gave him. lol
posted April 10th, 2011  
Brilliant shot.
posted April 11th, 2011  
love this
posted July 15th, 2011  
@slucinda28 Thanks, I never have seen on sitting still before
posted July 15th, 2011  
:) on the deck.
posted July 20th, 2011  
After your comment on my hummingbird photo, I had to seek yours out. This is pretty darned amazing to capture one that isn't flying. Your narrative has some amazing facts. Now I'm even more enamoured of them. On a different note, you mention people not even trying something and saying they can't. I was listening to a former Navy Seal on the radio that has written a book called "The Heart & The Fist". He said that while training is really, really difficult, he found that most people that didn't complete the training told themselves they couldn't do it and quit before they even gave it a shot. The ones that went on despite their fears almost always made it. I tend to lack confidence in myself and let fear win out, so that really resonated with me. Definitely something to keep in mind.
posted July 28th, 2011  
@lisjam1 I only know you from this sight, but I from my job I get a pretty good read on people, and I would say you, young lady, could do anything you believed in and set your mind to. Thanks for checking out the hummingbird post I did. I had no idea those little guys could fly so far. I have to sit and rest after I see them flapping those little wings. LOL
posted July 29th, 2011  
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