Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird (male) with Bee

by Graeme Guy
(Singapore)

About the birds and bees

About the birds and bees




This image was taken in Late January 2010 at Tandayapa Lodge in the Andean mountains east of Quito. I was with 5 others in a group led by Linda Robbins who appropriately calls her company 'Hummingbird Addiction'. She and her assistant Rich truck in a lot of specialist flash equipment to catch the high speed action. It was somewhat lucky that the the hummer and the bee were both in the focal plane. Hummers do not like bees loitering around feeders and will often knock them away with their bills. The don't eat them because of size constraints but will feed on smaller gnats.

The equipment used was a Canon EOS1D Mk3 camera with a 500mm lens, f18 and 1/250 second mounted on a tripod with a Wimberley head. The exposure duration is actually controlled by the duration of the flashes which would be operating at around 1/20,000 second.

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Mar 07, 2012
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too cool
by: Jeff

That photo is too cool. I traveled to Costa Rice with my dad and brother this winter. We were there for the fishing. I admit.I was more interested in the birds and the hummingbirds. I never imagined there were so many species. They are really cool. Some of the species are named for how they look. I can't remember the names though. We was a lot of them. I am now thinking of environmental science in college next year. I really am interested in learning more about these birds.Travel as part of my career would be great too, an added bonus.

Sep 25, 2011
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maryjane
by: Anonymous

Wow! I didn't know that hummingbirds like this existed. The name is so funny but it fits the bird. How interesting.

Sep 12, 2011
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Nature at its best
by: Tammylyn

The amazing works of God, this is a masterpiece I cannot get over this lovely bird.

May 22, 2010
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Incredible picture!
by: lionelman

Too Cool! It's like they're having a conversation about feeding territory and all!

Feb 24, 2010
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Wow
by: Anonymous

Wow what an amazing picture and what a beautiful bird, isn't nature wonderful?

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