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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

The honeysuckle we planted around a road-side light post is paying big dividends for us this year. Two days ago, I found 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) feeding on it at one time. I couldn't get shots of the adult male but this (braver) female (or immature male) hung around while I happily clicked away.


This shot was taken at almost the same spot as an earlier post from 2007. Click the link below to see that shot.


The honeysuckle made the light post much more attractive, and the hummingbirds made the honeysuckle even prettier. It was a win-win situation for us all.


Still looking for a 'set' with a male RTH in good light.


There is a great deal of detail that can be seen when viewed large and on black.


New Note:

I'm adding this nearly a year after posting the photo.

With regard to 1/800th sec. apparently working well here, stopping the wing motion, one must remember that at 2 points in a full wing beat, the wings essentially reverse direction (the end of the forward movement, as above, and the end of the backward movement) and their speed is much lower. Catching the wingbeat at the foremost point, just when it was slowing, enabled the shutter speed to do a good job of freezing the motion. If I had caught the wing in mid-beat, this speed would certainly NOT have been enough for a satisfactory image. Call it good luck with timing.


A 2009 photo of an immature male RT Hummingbird, around a now much larger honeysuckle bush, can be seen here:

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Taken on August 4, 2007