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The Birds and the Bees



An Anna's Hummingbird is startled by a passing bee.

An Anna's Hummingbird is startled by a passing bee.
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14 Comments | Report
bobdee Ultimate
 
bobdee February 17, 2016
WOW!!!!
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling April 10, 2016
what an amazing scenery to capture! Not only in species but also in the skill it took to make it and make it look good! Well done!
emacdonald
 
emacdonald May 16, 2016
beautiful
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith May 16, 2016
Great capture! The birds thinking..."to eat, or not to eat"....Congratulations on winning People's Choice!
edandaniphone PRO+
 
edandaniphone July 24, 2016
Wonderful.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 24, 2016
Great "two for one" capture. Congrats.
ziggyzoo52
 
ziggyzoo52 February 16, 2017
Such a brilliant beautiful photo . Voted for it in celebrating nature
CatWezel66
 
CatWezel66 December 08, 2017
Beautiful ????
thatunicorngal PRO
 
thatunicorngal January 22, 2018
Wonderful capture!
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett January 22, 2018
awesome - congrats !!!
gbernhard
 
gbernhard April 05, 2018
Amazing creatures!
melanielynnbutler
 
melanielynnbutler February 20, 2019
Amazing capture!
cheyannefisch PRO+
 
cheyannefisch February 20, 2019
Once in a life time capture! Amazing!
RickL PRO+
 
RickL January 05, 2020
Beautiful photography,good timing

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo right in front of my apartment. I was on my way out to go photograph wildlife around Humboldt Bay, and one of the neighborhood Hummingbirds perched right in front of me while I was walking to my car. I stopped to take a few photos, and a bee happened to fly through the frame during one of them.
Time
I was headed out to visit the wetlands during the evening light, and I ran into the hummingbird just before 4pm.
Lighting
This shot was taken in natural light on a partially cloudy day.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D800 with a Sigma 300-800mm zoom lens, handheld.
Inspiration
The hummingbirds that visit my apartment complex don't usually perch at eye level, but the blossoms on the plum tree lured this one in for a great photo opportunity.
Editing
I made basic color balance and contrast curve adjustments to the image and cropped it for composition.
In my camera bag
For photographing birds, I usually carry a Nikon D800 and a Sigma 300-800mm zoom lens on a shoulder strap.
Feedback
During breeding season, male hummingbirds like to return to the same perches regularly. I got lucky with this shot and had the bird land right in front of me, but several of my hummingbird closeups have been taken after observing perching and feeding patterns, then waiting nearby commonly visited spots.

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