Sunday, July 10, 2011

At the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Sapsucker Woods, Ithaca

An antique collection of hummingbirds, 98 of them, all different, In a mahogany case. Click on the picture to full screen for fantastic effect!
The collection was given to Cornell by a Rochester family, descendants not of the collector but of a traveler who fortunately had the means to bring them from Panama. Mounted long ago, more recently restored, they retain their wildly irridescent feather coloration.

A great blue heron, one among a reproducing group, is very alive and preening in the pond at Sapsucker Woods.

1 comment:

  1. I've seen the hummingbird display. It is fascinating. The center is fine and I have enjoyed tramping the trails. Gotta get back there soon. Thanks for the vivid reminder.