Rainy Day Hummingbirds

by John Briggs on May 17, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds

Bird photography on a rainy day is somewhat of a challenge. Light is diffused, any sort of movement from your subject causes blur due to shooting at such a slow shutter speed, and rain is not exactly beneficial to your camera and lens. Never-the-less, I was becoming stir crazy sitting in the house waiting for an end to the days upon days of rainfall.

Hummingbird migration has been incredible this year. I counted 14 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in our yard this morning. They are going through nectar like there is no tomorrow, and the battles over the feeders is comical. What do these birds expect? I have nine nectar feeders set up throughout the yard, but every Hummingbird wants to drink from the window feeder. When a Hummingbird is at the feeder, another zooms in and knocks it out of the way.

I set up my tripod, dressed in camo, and stood near a favorite perch. The little jewels buzzed around me like so many bees. One particular ornery male landed on my lens hood. While I slowly retrieved my cell phone to capture the moment, another Hummingbird zoomed in and knocked it off the hood. I missed the shot, but I didn’t care. It was fun standing among these beautiful birds.

Enjoy the photos and HD video of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography

Dimension: 560×480 | Video bit rate: 1000Kbps | length: 24 seconds
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Video: Ruby-throated Hummingbird | ©2011 John Briggs Photography

Happy birding!

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