Do Hummingbirds Blink?

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Do hummingbirds blink? Yes, they do. But it usually happens too quickly for anyone to notice, as hummers usually blink faster than they flap. But take a look a crop of the above image:

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It’s not so easy to see, but this hummers been caught in the act: he’s blinking. Or, if not blinking, then winking at the camera.

Here’s another shot:

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Here the blink is just about to begin (or finish). The white dot is a specular highlight caused by one of the flashes used to freeze the bird in mid-flight.