Photo of the Day: Hummingbird Portrait

by John Briggs on May 27, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Photo of the Day

This male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was defending “his” nectar feeder and chased away any bird that dared to approach it, including Chickadees and Goldfinches. This particular Hummingbird has a favorite perch above the feeder, which made it somewhat easy to photograph. I’ve never attempted a half body portrait on such a small bird before. It took a sturdy tripod, a lot of patience and many, many captures before getting a few decent keepers.

Bird Photography: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The following photo was captured 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

Manual Exposure, 1/250, f4, ISO 400, Evaluative Metering 

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird portrait

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird portrait

Happy birding!

 

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