tiny little flying machines


fixation: passion: infatuation

I am mildly obsessed with hummingbirds... In fact: "mildly" might be an understatement. I love hummingbirds. I love their sparkly and colorful outfits... I love their unique personalities... I love how they suddenly appear right in front of me and then just as suddenly disappear like the wind

1/2 ballerina... 1/2 helicopter

The twists, the twirls, the diving and the hovering.... It looks like an intricate dance...


I heart flowers

Nectar is to hummingbirds what gold doubloons are to pirates. They will defend a hummingbird feeder or flowering plant against all other customers. Viciously.

Can't we all just get along?


Don't let this adorable fuzzy face fool you. Hummingbirds are extremely territorial. They use their sharp beaks to jab at each other.

Hummingbirds have very distinct personalities... This guy was like a cranky old grandpa >

Hey lady! Enough with the click click and the talking: I'm trying to sleep!


I spend a great deal of time looking up into the trees. Before I started making photos of birds I never knew how many little birds were hiding in the trees. Carefully and quietly observing. They are easy for me to spot now. But at first, natures camouflage kept me busy... Always playing "Where's Waldo" ... The bird version

I love...

.... How perfectly this birds feathers match her tree... Which came first? The feather color? Or the tree? Do hummingbirds spend their entire lives looking for a tree to match their feathers? Or can they change their feather colors by sheer will? "Maybe she was born with it: maybe it's Maybelline "

what a beautiful outfit

The bird tattoo parlor

Sunflower Tattoos?

This bird had markings on her neck shaped exactly like sunflowers. I had to rub my eyes when I first saw this photo on my computer screen. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It had to be fake, right? Only problem was that I took the photo. So I knew it was real. Obviously my next thought was "hummingbird tattoo parlor?" Then I thought: "naw, those hummingbird moms would never let their babies get tattoos..."


Hummingbirds are such curious little creatures... I love how they often appear to be studying me as closely as I am studying them. I had my back to this fence. I was utterly focused on capturing photos of the two hummingbirds darting around the bottlebrush tree in front of me. All of a sudden I got the feeling that I was being watched. I turned around slowly and found this fuzzy guy studying me from an arms length away.

The birds and the bees.. And some heart shaped leaves

Hummingbirds and bees are not friends. I watched the bees gang up on this bird and attack him.

Hummingbirds eat insects. But I imagine eating a bumblebee is the bird equivalent of eating a Serrano pepper in the human world... Quite a rush: but one wrong inhale and you're left feeling like your brain is on fire


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  • ChadCopeland

    Wow! This is exceptional! I hope that it gets featured! Beautiful in every way!

  • starshapedstars

    Thanks so much friend! @ChadCopeland I'm very happy with how it turned out. Thank you for the great suggestion to make a story out of my hummingbird photos! I guess I had a lot to say β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜„πŸ‘

  • jaywilder

    So cool! I love learning about the hummingbirds - we have many of them around the house here - thanks!!! check it out @mombo

  • starshapedstars

    Thanks so much!! @jaywilder πŸ‘‹πŸ˜Š hummingbirds are the coolest little creatures! I'm so glad you liked it

  • jaywilder

    You got such amazing shots! I'm going to try and capture some around here too

  • Chandra

    Gorgeous birds! My 7 year old daughter was just talking about hummingbirds this morning--can't wait to show her your story later!

  • einna3

    Amazing!!! Love the little part about tattoos, made me giggle 😜😍😘

  • the1andonly

    What an awesome story and great photos! Thanks for sharing ☺️

  • ysthing

    This is absolutely beautiful!!!!

  • starshapedstars

    @jaywilder I can't wait to see what you capture! you will have such a feeling of satisfaction when you finally catch a hummingbird in action... 30 blurry photos and a half an hour of waiting makes that one in-focus photo so very sweet 🍭🍬

  • starshapedstars

    @Chandra how exciting! I have six nieces ages 2-14 and I love their desire to learn about the world. Please let me know which photo is her favorite from the story. I'm curious to hear the 7 year old perspective πŸ‘β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘‹

  • starshapedstars

    Haha thanks @einna3 I actually do a lot of laughing out loud at the random thoughts that appear in my brain. I'm happy I could provide a laugh to you as well β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜˜πŸ‘

  • starshapedstars

    Aw! Thank you so much for your sweet words @the1andonly πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’› I am so happy you enjoyed it!

  • starshapedstars

    Thank you so much @ysthing πŸ‘‹πŸ‘β˜ΊοΈ I love that you said that! I have such an appreciation for these little guys

  • CultureShockArt

    Love this! Great captures. Hummingbirds have such curious personalities.

  • starshapedstars

    Thank you! @CultureShockArt ✨🌺✨ they are such funny little birds! I love the moments where they come up and study themselves in my camera lens.

  • Chandra

    My daughter loves your story! Especially images 4, 7, & the cover. I can imagine how many blurry images you get in order to get one good in-focus photo! Great work.

  • starshapedstars

    Very cool! Thanks @Chandra I'm so happy to hear she enjoyed it! Please tell her I say "thank you!" Those are some of my favorite images as well. 😊

  • Chandra

    She is thrilled & amazed we are communicating with you. ;) She asked what you look like, so we just visited your website...you have a beautiful voice!

  • starshapedstars

    Aw! So cute!! And so sweet! Thank you very much β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

  • ChadCopeland

    @tbyrnes -Loving this story! πŸ‘

  • tbyrnes

    This is amazing! Thanks for turning me on to it @ChadCopeland. More please @starshapedstars your photos are beautiful!

  • starshapedstars

    Aw! Thanks @ChadCopeland πŸ‘βœ¨πŸ’– and thank you Tricia @tbyrnes 😊☺️I'm so happy you liked it! I'm obsessed with @Steller now so I've got a lot on the horizon... Heading over to check out your stories nowπŸ‘Œ

  • starshapedstars

    @jude_magee thank you so much for the republish of my hummingbird story! πŸ’–πŸŒΊπŸ‘‹

  • starshapedstars

    @PotatoKamikaze hey Teddy! Thank you so much for the republishing of my story! You're awesome πŸ‘‹πŸ’«πŸ‘ŒπŸŒΊ

  • jude_magee

    A pleasure @starshapedstars it's beautiful, and lovely to re-read.

  • starshapedstars

    Thank you!!! @jude_magee πŸ‘‹πŸ’™πŸ’«

  • eyjivan

    I like very much this story. πŸ‘

  • starshapedstars

    Thanks so much for the republish @hellolily πŸ‘‹πŸ’–πŸ˜„ I hope your day is a good one!

  • starshapedstars

    Thank you so much Ivan! It makes me smile to know you enjoyed it πŸ˜„πŸ‘‹πŸŒΊ@eyjivan

  • PotatoKamikaze

    >w<) Hey! Couldn't resist it! I had to republish this!

  • starshapedstars

    I appreciate it!! @PotatoKamikaze hope your weekend is a great one πŸ‘πŸ‘Œβœ¨πŸ’–πŸ‘‹

  • starshapedstars

    @marklucovsky Mark, Thank you very much for the republish! πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘‹πŸŒΊβ­οΈ

  • jeanknowscars

    I also love hummingbird so this was especially wonderful!

  • raquelpina

    A few humming birds have made nests in my back yard, check my story out on stellerπŸ˜€


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