It’s really hard to shoot hummingbirds. For one thing, they just don’t hold still. For another, they’re really not predictable like other birds are. When shooting a big, slow, brown pelican, you’ve got a pretty good idea where they’re going to go. Not so with hummingbirds. They hover, dart left or right – up or down.
All of the other birds in flight that you see on this site, I do handheld…tracking them through the sky. And I am moderately adept at that. But with this particular hummingbird, I employed a different technique. I shot this one across the street at my neighbor’s house. She had several hummingbirds darting onto and away from her feeder. I watched them for a while and noticed that they’d eat a bit, back out and hover, then eat some more. So I set my focus on where I thought the hover was happening – and then shot as they entered that zone. Some of the shots turned out and this one turned out to be my favorite – because of the tongue. So neat looking. I think this one is a female calliope hummingbird.
This isn’t really quite a yucca. It’s called a false yucca or a hummingbird yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora). Whatever the case, it looks like a yucca…but has been really reluctant to bloom. After five years, however, it sent up a bunch of bloom stalks in June and they persisted until the first, hard frost. Was really incredible and the bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators just loved it. Really hope it has its blooming figured out and will be a fixture from now on.
This is a super pic of a female calliope hummingbird enjoying an early morning in August of last year. Hummingbirds are really, really tough to catch in flight because they just have no respect for progress or direction. X, Y, Z axes are all in play all the time – so there’s really no predicting where they’ll go. And they sure don’t hold still for very long. Ever. This is a great grab, though, and she’s gorgeous as is the not-yucca.
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This one looks really good on both metal and acrylic. I recommend 15×23 acrylic with 1″ standoffs ($188, shipped), or metal with a French cleat for hanging at 11×14 ($134, shipped), 16×24 ($349, shipped), or 20×30 ($509, shipped).