National Geographic : 1947 Aug
"Stand Back, Men, I Was Here First!" Sharp chirps and spread tail warn that the little fellow is prepared to fight for his rights at the drinking fountain. Should the ultimatum be disregarded, a flurry of wings will carry him to the attack. Male hummingbirds are born fighters. Only rarely will they feed together peaceably. Dinner Timefor aBottle-fed Ruby-throat The brilliance of this hummingbird's throat plumage isbest displayed ina full front view. Seen from theside, the feathers take on adarker hue (Plate VI). Photographing the birds wascomparatively easy for Mr. Edgerton, asthey had become most tolerant of humans.