Small Visitor

A few days ago when I was photographing wildflowers in one of my wildflower gardens, I looked up to see this small visitor, perched on a piece of garden art in the garden:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird male

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) are common around my rural home. We seem to have ideal landscapes for these little guys. Besides woods, with a stream running through the woods, there are lots of meadows with wildflowers nearby. Of course, we have a feeder up, to supply them food when the flowers are not blooming, but there have been times I’ve (with much difficulty!) counted upwards of 30-35 around our front porch at one time! We always look forward to seeing them show up in spring.

The male above was taking a little break from foraging among the many wildflowers now in bloom. It’s always so interesting to see the bright red on the male’s throat, when they are in the sun. The one above was photographed in overcast conditions, so the red is not nearly as obvious.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF 500mm, f/4 telephoto lens + Canon 1.4X TC, totaling 700 mm used (was using this rig for capturing wary dragonflies)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod + Wimberley gimbal head (Series 1)
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/160 sec.



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