Enormous hummingbird spotted in Victoria, BC

Anna's Hummingbird by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity animals birds Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

Measuring around 3.5 kilometres from the tip of its wing to the tip of its beak, this is almost certainly the largest hummingbird specimen ever spotted in Victoria, BC

In a city where flowers are blooming pretty near year-round, it’s no surprise that you don’t have to look very hard or very long to spot a hummingbird in Victoria, BC.

Most common here, I believe, is Anna’s hummingbird. Measuring around 10 to 11 centimetres (3.9 to 4.3 inches) long, it has an iridescent bronze-green back, pale grey chest and belly, and green flanks; and its bill is long, straight and slender.

Less common (but far more striking) is the Strava hummingbird – an enormous avian whose beak alone is half a kilometre long and whose bright red plumage is impossible to miss.

To doodle this hummingbird, I had to pedal my Cannondale around 70 kilometres, with a whole lot of back and forth between Fernwood and Oaklands to fill in the feathers of the wings.

See it on Strava

About Stephen

Brand strategist and creative director by day. Hyper-competitive GPS-art obsessed cyclist most of the rest of the time.
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5 Responses to Enormous hummingbird spotted in Victoria, BC

  1. @shane says:

    Impressive, the wings must have been hard to make/ride.

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  2. Stephen says:

    Hey Shane – the riding wasn’t difficult…just a bit tedious, as I had to ride back and forth and back and forth (turning my Garmin of and on and off and on) to make the lines. The more challenging part was figuring out the points where the lines would begin and end. Thank goodness for Google maps and its satellite views!

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  3. manga2117 says:

    I’m impressed by your work. It’s really cool!

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  4. Pingback: Cyclist Creates GPS Art Doodles by Riding His Bike

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