Rufous Rising

Rufous Hover

Rufous Hover

Rufous Rising

Rufous Rising

The challenge for me in photographing a hummingbird is to capture it in flight, gorget lit up (must be just the right angle to the sun to be iridescent), wings out or up, blurred background, angled towards the camera with a glint in the eye and all in sharp focus.

A male rufous hummer, shot in Silverthorne where it jealously guarded a feeder in a neighbors backyard. A rufous migrates the furthest of any hummer, traveling 2000 miles from Mexico to Alaska. We are fortunate to live in the rocky mountains on one of the rufous migratory flyways.

Only took three days and hundreds of shots to get this one.

Shot with my Canon 1DM4, Canon 100-400 lens +1.4x extender @ focal length of 490 mm from about 15 feet.

1/4000s, f/8, iso2000, handheld, and no flash.


~ by richardseeley on July 24, 2013.

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