I am hoping that you are not getting tired of the Hummingbird photos. There are so many around this year, and because of this, it gives me a chance to hone in on my in-flight photos. The female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been more or less absent from the nectar feeders, leading me to believe they are on their nests tending to young.
Bird Photography: Hovering Ruby-throated Hummingbird
This photo was captured while was I was standing on our back deck. The male Ruby-throated Hummingbird zipped down from a perch in a maple tree and hovered in front of me, apparently checking me out. I slowly raised my camera and fired off three quick shots before he flew away. I actually thought that I missed focus and was going to delete the photos in-camera. After closer examination, one looked like I should check it out on my computer. After doing so, I was glad I did not delete it. The background is not busy, the light is awesome, and the Hummingbird itself is nearly tack sharp.
The following photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click the thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography