Today’s post was captured a month ago, on September 01, on the covered, front porch of my rural Missouri home. About this time every year, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds begin a “feeding frenzy” as they take in more calories to begin their annual, fall migration southward. The male hummers were mostly gone when I made this capture … they leave before the females, arriving and setting up their territories before the females make their pilgrimage there.
This photo is not a high quality photo. I had to shoot this behind a screened door, so that I wouldn’t frighten them away. I counted 12 hummers in this image, but more were on the periphery, outside the camera’s angle of view. Seeing this sight every year is both a sad and happy time. Sad to see them leave for the winter, but so happy that they spent another summer with me! Until next year …!
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 7D Mark II body
- Canon 100-400mm IS lens, at 130mm
- Handheld, with IS “On”
- ISO 1250
- Aperture f/5
- Shutter 1/125 sec.