Tricia Booker Photography

August 24, 2011

In Flight

I’ve stalked the hummingbirds this week, hoping to capture some improved images. I spent about 15 minutes each afternoon sitting on the deck steps. Once they got comfortable and began to ignore me, I crept closer to the feeder and eventually sat in the grass about 15 feet away. Today they were very active, chasing one another from treetops to feeders and all around the yard, chattering and squeaking.

There  were a few moments when they flew within a few feet of me, hovering above the feeder. This female graciously allowed me to get a few shots before she darted off. I need a lot more practice—or caffeine—before I’ll be able to consistently capture these quick little birds. The delete button had its work cut out today.

10 comments

  1. You got a good one. I understand too well the use the delete button. What appears to be a simple picture when I’m just watching turns to pure frustration when I run in to get the camera. They do not like to have their picture taken and unfortunately I have less than a month to convince them otherwise.

    • Thank you. Yes, I had trouble getting close to them today. I think because it was windy, and I tried to sit a bit closer. I know they will be leaving soon, so I’m trying to get a few more photos before I have to wait until next year.

  2. Good luck and keep having fun as you work to capture ever better photos of these delightful creatures. This shot it great! I especially like the shadow of the bird’s tiny beak on its own wing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks! I’m still trying to figure out how to get closer to them. Some days are better than others. When they are fighting amongst themselves I’m ignored. Yesterday there appeared to be just a few, and they were much more elusive. It’s fun to keep on trying, though!

  3. Lovely photo, Tricia! Your photography always inspires me. I love how you stopped the motion to define the wing and caught the catchlight in her eye!

    I love to hear the hummingbirds chirping. We have three birds who fight over the feeders all day. There is plenty for everyone, but I guess they enjoy all the chasing and chirping!

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