#55 Photographing Hummingbirds

While visiting my sister-in-law in New Mexico in late July, I had the opportunity to experience hummingbirds up close. It is rare for me to see them. Jane and Merl have a few feeders so several hummingbirds hover around all day drinking. I just sat back and took about 80 photographs of them over the few days. Even with a 300mm zoom, the birds (about 3-5 inches tall) that were about 20 feet away showed up tiny in the resulting photographs. The fast shutter speed (1/800 second) froze the 50 per second wing flapping rate. I cropped them to make the birds visible, which results in some loss in quality.

A few of the best are attached. I hope you enjoy.

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