At different times of the year our garden is visited by three types of hummingbirds. Each kind has its own personality. The most common are the Giant Hummingbird and the Green-Backed Firecrown Hummingbird, and the rarer Oasis Hummingbird. (I believe these are the correct names). The Giant Hummingbird is big and not very colourful. The Green-Backed Firecrown Hummingbirds have a red crest which they lift and flash as they zap through the trees. They are more aggressive, and chase each other around whiles whistling and chirping. The Oasis Hummingbird has a purple throat and a long forked tail. It is much quieter then the Firecrown Hummingbird, making a clicking noise as it “bobs” when feeding.
When we arrived back in Chile in January I had a glimpse of the Oasis Hummingbird, then they were gone. Now this week the Firecrown Hummingbirds are in the garden making a lot of noise and coming close to crashing into us when we go out the back door. I like to stand in the garden with my Dad’s camera, (better than mine) and wait for the hummingbirds to come close. I haven’t done it yet this year but here are some pictures from a couple years ago.