NATURE IS CONNECTING AND RECONNECTING THE NATURAL CONNECTION THAT WE HAVE FORGOTTEN.
When I found out about the “LIFE.NATURE.YOU.MAKE THE CONNECTION” WWF COMPETITION, the first image that came to my mind was a female hummingbird that accepted sugar honey while on her nest when I was filming her: “breakfast in bed” I thought. This image symbolizes the awakening of a consciousness of unity between nature and ourselves; a consciousness deeply asleep nowadays. Like I suggest in the video, it’s nature itself that reconnects us with it as long as we are open and willing to. This has happened to me and the Ramos family in whose garden this hummingbird has nested repeatedly.
Guillermo’s feeding the hummingbird was a tender act of love and curiosity that happened after several months of living together, during the fourth nesting, and hasn’t happened again. Let’s see if his love and curiosity don’t betray him again.
Just a few days ago the 2 eggs hatched from the fifth nesting in one year. How do we know if it’s the same bird? Well, that’s the mystery. But I’m convinced she is for many reasons: the first time I put the camera close to the 1st nest, she flew away, but little by little I got closer and closer until she was no longer uncomfortable and during the following nestings it became easier. She also seems to have a darker spot on her neck which is repeatedly seen in the films each time. To prove if other females of this species came to the garden, a feeder was situated there for a few weeks, many species arrived, but only one Western Emerald female was seen. Finally, intuition, (especially that of Mariana), tells us that she is the same bird and just found an ideal place to nest. Furthermore, I think she recognizes the voices, especially Mariana and Guillermo’s, the home owners, and that the normal noises of the house, instead of scaring her, now keep her company (it’s worth mentioning that the nest access is through the guest bathroom’s window, now shut down for visitors). Marking her with a foot band would be defining, but that’s out of the question, since we don’t want to disturb our precious friend who led us to this wonderful connection with nature.
I could write pages about this marvelous story full of anecdotes: when a fledgling was saved from the jaws of the house dog, or how this natural blessing has changed this family’s behavior, and even that of their relatives and friends. Cielo (which means Heaven/Sky in Spanish) is the name given to the bird that has become their main topic of conversation.
This story will impart, I hope in a near future, another even larger story for a documentary about Ecuador’s hummingbirds, to profoundly inquire into these fire beings, carriers of light.
Western Emerald scientific name: Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus
Special thanks to Guillermo, Mariana and Liliana Ramos.
Shooting, script, edition, narration: Alfredo Salazar.
Translation: Gabriela Guerrero, Alfredo Salazar.
Original format: HD 1920 x 1080