Need for Speed

by Mark Little
(Fresno, Ca, USA)

Took this photo next to our feeder with a Canon Rebel XSi, a Canon 430EXII flash and a Canon 35-300 lens with a 2x converter. The flash was set to high speed and the camera was set to a shutter speed of 1600 with an fstop of 6.5. I saw it come to the feeder and took the photo when it pulled away. I had no idea what I had taken until I went back and looked at it on the laptop. I don't know what species ours are, I just know that they feed every day and fight over the feeder.

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Jan 04, 2012
Nice photo
by: Jim and Ruth

This looks like a Ruby-throated hummingbird. Where do you live? Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the most common hummingbirds to breed east of the Mississippi. This is a great shot. It sounds as though it happened as a surprise even to you. Yes, there is a need to be fast when photographing hummingbirds. They certainly zip away quickly, don't they? Thanks for the submission and all the information about the shot. We are sure that our visitors will appreciate this. When they take photographs, they can reference your experience. Hope you see many hummingbirds. We would enjoy seeing more.

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