I was thrilled to see the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds return this week, and this male has now established the deck as his territory. He felt so comfortable this afternoon that he spent some time preening in between darting off to fight intruders.
We had new windows installed this past winter, and the improved glass really allows me to shoot through them with better results. I purchased a few new feeders that I set up near the window, and the addition of this hibiscus tree provides a nice perch for them and good photo ops for me.
I plan to introduce some other plants and trees to see if I can continue adding to my collection of fun and colorful Hummingbird images. And, if I’m lucky, this one will stick around for the summer; he seemed to enjoy being photographed as the click of the shutter didn’t faze him at all.
They’re at the very tippy top of my bird list. We’re waiting for our first sighting. You must have felt such utter joy to not only see it, but also pose for you.
Thanks, Sally! Yes, it was great to see him sit on that tree. I need to fine-tune my set-up, though, because the best angle was shooting over the kitchen sink. So, I had to rest the lens hood on the sill and use the faucet to rest my hand and balance the camera. It got a bit uncomfortable leaning over after a few minutes!
Great shots! What lens did you use?
Thanks! I actually used my 70-200 2.8 and a 2x teleconverter. So, they were shot at 400 and f5.6. It was getting near sunset, so I had to jump the ISO up to 1000 to keep the shutter speed around 1/1000. I’m going to try again this weekend when it’s brighter.
Great shots! I love humming birds.
Thank you! So do I. In fact, I need to spend a bit more time practicing. They are so quick!
So tiny and perfect. Nice shot of the ruby throated hummingbird.
Thank you so much! He was really posing well for me!
Thank you for the reminder. I need to get my feeder cleaned up & out! Beautiful photos 🙂
Thank you! I put my feeders out about two weeks ago (just because I was cleaning the garage) and was surprised to see them back so early. It’s still kind of chilly here in Virginia!
These are absolutely fabulous Tricia! You would never know you took these through a window. Guess you’ll be cleaning those pretty often. 🙂
Yes so true! I sat outside with them the past few days and they are getting used to me now, so I shouldn’t have to hide all of the time. Just when it rains!
These are just adorable! The rubys don’t come this far west, as far as I’ve read. We have the broad tailed hummingbirds which also have the red throat.
We only have the rubies here. It would be fun to see some different species one day. I see from the bird books that they are quite beautiful out west.