Photo of the Day: Hummingbird Elegance

by John Briggs on July 25, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Bird Photography Weekly, Blog

The elegance of a hummingbird is amazing and wonderful to watch. These “flying jewels” are endlessly fascinating because of their iridescent beauty, gracefulness and unique physical qualities. I never tire from watching these gems. Occasionally, I get the opportunity to study our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds up close and personal.

Bird Photography: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

I watched this male Ruby-throated Hummingbird preen while on a branch near our feeding station. He seemed completely oblivious to my presence as I was only three or four feet away. Lucky enough to have my camera in hand, I captured this photo of the hummingbird preening and it’s gorget and head showing its beautiful iridescent colors.

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 | All Rights Reserved

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird preening

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird preening

Happy birding!

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TexWisGirl July 25, 2011 at 8:30 am

just lovely!
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Dawn Fine July 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

Awesome photo John!

missing moments July 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Such a beauty .. I have lots of these girls flying around and just recenlty been seeing a male but rarely and can never catch him…ugh!
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Amy July 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Absolutely stunning image!
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Ned July 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Awesome, awesome pic of the hummer John!

holdingmoments July 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

That is a beauty!
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Andrew July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

A beautiful capture…
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joo July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

It's lovely!

Boom & Gary July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Great shot!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
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Eileen July 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Beautiful capture of the RT HUmmer.

Michael July 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Nice one John :)
Happy birding

Mike B July 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm

great photo! I haven't seen much of our hummingbirds lately.

missing moments July 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Great photo of the fellow … I got my first ones today of a youngin' … not nearly as good as this one though!
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Robin July 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm

John, beautiful shot! Love the way his goret is extended like that

Larry July 27, 2011 at 12:30 am

Absolutely gorgeous shot John!
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NatureFootstep July 27, 2011 at 1:51 am

I had a similar encounter while I was in Costa Rica. It was so close I could have touched it. I love that about them. Great shot.
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eileen July 27, 2011 at 4:35 am

Beautiful Hummer, great capture!

Neil July 27, 2011 at 5:57 am

Beautiful photo and great detail.
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Lynette Killam July 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

What a remarkable shot to have gotten, John! I don't think I've ever seen a hummingbird in such detail, and have yet to get a decent shot of one myself. I'm so glad you shared this with us…

Mick July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Great photos of a beautiful bird.

pattyler1 July 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Wonderful shot!
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springman July 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Experiences like yours (and with a perfect picture to show for it) is why we all want to be bird photographers!
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@anotherbirdblog July 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

Amazing close-up John

@onejackdaw July 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

Lovely image, John. I share your fascination with the colors in the RH; they are sometimes really hard to capture.
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Boom & Gary July 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

Great capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
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Julie G July 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

One of my favorite birds! Exceptional image! Incredible detail.

Jean July 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

The light was perfect for this fine capture!

JaM August 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Gorgeous! Both bird and shot.
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Jill August 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

that's a sweet shot! He looks like a little goofball and I love it :) Beautiful capture!
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Florian October 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I love hummingbirds, and this is a very nice shot Sir! August 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm

great shot – ive never done this kinda work before, with birds.. but as a photographer i really appreciate the skill..and ur blog is full of this kinda work! wonderful

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