As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

WATCH: Victoria’s hummingbird live cam a big hit with online audiences

By Yuliya Talmazan Global News

A live stream of a hummingbird nest in Victoria is attracting hundreds of bird watchers, and the man behind it is now being courted by BBC to help produce a documentary about the tiny birds in Alaska.

Bird photographer Eric Pittman has been observing hummingbirds in his Victoria backyard for years.

A bird that Pittman and his wife affectionately named Sweetiebird was the first one he photographed.

Sweetiebird went on to raise six generations of chicks in his backyard.

“She just kept on making nests, so she stayed in my yard, and I kept photographing the birds,” says Pittman.

Sweetiebird has since passed away, and has been replaced by Flower, who has had two chicks in Pittman’s backyard that have fledged just 10 days ago and are now the stars of the live stream that broadcasts their daily life to hundreds of people.

Pittman says when he first set up his live cam four years ago, he got half-a-million views.

In all, Pittman filmed about 60 hummingbird nests from egg to flight.

“The nest is the size of a golf ball, and the egg is the size of a coffee bean. When the chicks hatch, they are like a raisin. It is really difficult to photograph, but that is the challenge and that is what I like about it.”

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