Jamaican Hummingbirds are quite dazzling. A year ago today, while visiting Jamaica, I was blessed to have a visit from a stunning maleRed-billed Streamertail (Trochilus polytmus.)
Early mornings, I stoodon my balcony waiting for them to come sip from the bright hibiscus blossoms covering a large bush just below my railing. During my walks to the sea, I would encounter the hummers high in trees diving into variousblooms. It was always a special sighting and especially exciting to capture a male.
The Red-billed Streamertail is also known as the ‘Doctor Bird’ and is endemic to Jamaica. This dazzlinghummer along with the Black-billed Streamertail arethe Island’s National bird.
One sunny morning, a young or a molting male Red-billed Streamertail hummingbird was perched on a wire fence next to a friend’s garden. As I walked nearer, hedid not seem to mind my taking his portrait.
I was amazed the sparkling birdallowed me to get so close. More often, I could hardly see them for their speedy natures. His tail is a long way from what will become the longest tail of any hummingbird the world over.
These remarkable birds are often sighted in the friendly and quiet area of Treasure Beach.