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Hummingbird coming in for a landing on the feeder.

Hummingbird coming in for a landing on the feeder.
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27 Comments | Report
Danny_martin_10 August 21, 2015
AWESOME, would be soo proud of this shot :)
kathyk_abq August 21, 2015
Thanks, Danny! :)
AHogue August 21, 2015
It is awesome Kathy! A gorgeous capture!
kathyk_abq August 21, 2015
Thanks so much, Anita! :)
emileabbott Platinum
emileabbott August 23, 2015
Stunning stop action capture of this hummer.
allieraye August 24, 2015
Yep, still breathless!!! Wow.
NanaSue54 August 27, 2015
Stunning shot!! :)
JGudin PRO
JGudin September 18, 2015
Great shot!
Blue-Maddness PRO+
Blue-Maddness October 31, 2015
WOW! Amazing!
Barbiecm February 07, 2016
Amazing shot Kathy :)
adriansart Platinum
adriansart February 08, 2016
Perfection Kathy I wish we had Humming birds in England!
terryc Platinum
terryc February 11, 2016
What a stunning capture, Kathy!
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ClaudiaKuhn February 13, 2016
Terrific capture!
Joecas March 31, 2016
Great capture!!Congrats!
pegleg Platinum
pegleg April 06, 2016
aweome shot so hard to get this sort of shot perfect love it
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DutchTouch April 09, 2016
Great capture!
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RuwanFonseka April 15, 2016
Excellent skill displayed. Voted. Win again.
estercastillo08 April 17, 2016
Awesome, voted Show Movement
sunshine0 May 17, 2016
How do you get such great shots of these humming birds? They are so tiny and so fast!
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NatureLoverJJWal June 21, 2016
Award winning capture of this beautiful animal. congratulations on your award!
gratitud July 02, 2016
nice capture
good shoot
lekahuie Ultimate
lekahuie October 28, 2016
Nice and Sharp ......Superb :)))
estercastillo08 February 22, 2017
Congrats !
JDLifeshots May 15, 2017
Beautiful action shot Kathy!
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Dalecga May 21, 2017
Gorgeous capture Kathy.
podesta June 10, 2017
perfect picture
Jasman2016 June 26, 2017
Stunning action shot
MERCEDESS August 21, 2017
What a beautiful shot!!
Arzhtatiana January 04, 2019
Nice work!
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Behind The Lens

I took this shot of a juvenile hummer on my back deck, which is a very hummingbird-friendly place!
It was around 4pm and the hummingbirds were starting to swarm.
We had high overcast that day with the possibility of rain, which made great natural light for photography. This kind of weather also tends to make the birds swarm, as they worry about getting enough to eat before it rains.
I was using my Nikon D5300 body with a 55-200 lens. I never use a tripod or flash when photographing any of the birds. They are too fast to use a tripod, and I think flash ruins the natural colors. I usually use shutter-priority when shooting the birds.
Hummingbirds are such beautiful creatures and very challenging to photograph, especially in mid-air. I set photographic goals for myself all the time, and capturing hummers or any birds in flight is one of them. I am always ecstatic when I actually capture a hummingbird as they are so small. Birds always inspire me with their beauty and behaviours; and, when seen close-up, they have amazing facial expressions! They make great photographic subjects.
I did very little post-processing here other than a slight adjustment in contrast. I was pleased with the background and, while the bird could have been sharper, I wanted to show the movement in the wings.
In my camera bag
My Nikon D5300 almost always has a Nikon 55-300mm lens on it, but I also carry a Nikon 40mm macro and 18-55mm zoom. Every lens has a Hoya circular polarizer, and there is a 4-stop ND filter in my bag for the wide-angle zoom. I do keep an old Bogen tripod with pan and tilt head with me whenever I'm out shooting and in my kitchen otherwise. It's heavy but solid. Of course, I have several cards and microfiber cleaning cloths. My bag is always packed and ready to go!
I have been doing a lot of bird photography in the past couple of years and have found I need to do things a lot differently than with most of the photography I did in the past. I use spot focus most of the time, as the birds are small and difficult for the camera to focus on. I also set a higher ISO (400-800) and use a shutter-priority setting when photographing birds. With still subjects I prefer an ISO of 100 and aperature priority or manual. I find that if I stand outside long enough for the birds to forget I'm there, I have a better chance of getting a good shot. I love overcast light, but we have a lot of sunshine where I live. I try to shoot earlier or later in the day with the sun behind me. When getting close up, I change the metering system a lot depending on the light around the subject. You need to know which settings you will use the most and where they are, because the birds are so fast! I don't bracket - the birds don't sit still long enough! Get to know the birds in your area and what is needed to attract them. I have found this kind of photography very challenging and rewarding.

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