Photo of the Day: Hummingbird in Flight

by John Briggs on August 16, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Bird Photography Weekly, Blog, Maine Birds, Photo of the Day, Wildlife

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are on the move here in Maine, beginning their long trek southward. This year was an odd year for Hummingbirds. After arriving very late, only two pair made our property their residence this year. Compared to past years when 10 – 15 hummers kept us on our toes filling feeders nearly everyday, this year we had to look long and hard to find them.

I am happy to report that both pairs of Hummingbirds fledged two youngsters each, doubling our population. Over the last several days, hummers from afar are stopping by and filling themselves with nectar, while our resident hummers are defending “their” feeders. On Saturday, while filling feeders, I was surprised to see hummers zipping around everywhere bringing back memories of seasons past.

All too soon, these beautiful jewels will be gone. We will have to wait through a long and cold winter, and much of the spring, before their beauty will grace our yards and feeding stations again. As I found the time between my studies, I photographed the Hummingbirds that called our home their home for a brief period of time. It will be sad to see them go, but I know they will return one day bringing a smile to our faces once again with their antics and aerial acrobatics.

All photos taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail for a full-sized view.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) in flight

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) in flight

Happy birding!



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