While we were in Texas at the end of June, I added a new hummingbird to my modest lifelist, a Black-chinned Hummingbird.
They are attracted to some of the plantings around the visitor center at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, mainly the Turk's Cap.
I loved observing and trying to photograph the hummingbirds at the flowers, and discovered that the hummingbirds were doing more than just getting nectar from the flowers: they were also serving as pollinators.
Sometimes they would feed from the base of the flower.
But when they would feed from within the whorled flowers, their role as pollinator began.
The pollen-laden stamens (the male part of the flower) on the Turk's Cap extend high above the flower, and as the hummingbird feeds, it picks up pollen on its head. Then as they move from flower to flower, the pollen will be deposited to the stigma (the female part) and will fertilize the plant, resulting in production of fruits and seeds.
I just found this so fascinating and a great nature lesson, just from watching this little jewel feed!