Chasing James Bond’s Hummingbird

I venture to Cuba in search of the world’s smallest bird

Nautilus
Nautilus
Nov 7 · 14 min read
Painting of a tuxedoed man in a jungle holding up his hand so a hummingbird can light on it.
Painting of a tuxedoed man in a jungle holding up his hand so a hummingbird can light on it.
Illustration: Mike Reddy

By Ross Kenneth Urken

Originally published at Nautilus on July 30, 2015.

I go to the country to watch
the zunzuncito climbing
through the air, and air
the misfortunes of yesterday;
so much flying and returning
through the delirious green,
free, trembling for a…

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