Monday, May 5, 2014

Ruby Throated Hummingbird, 5/5/14.

Today was the first day the Hummingbirds came back this spring. Saw 3 of them, 2 males and a single female. They are literally smaller than the little finger and very difficult to photograph. You need to get very close for decent shots and the light has to be good. Exposure has to be spot on and shutter times at least 1/1000sec. They are fairly predictable once they start feeding and keep coming back to the feeder every 10-20mins. So, it is just a waiting game to get a few fast burst of shots once you catch them approaching the feeder.

The female Ruby Throated Hummingbird does not have a ruby throat.

The Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird appears more colorful with a ruby throat which is seen depending on the angle of the light reflections. In some views, the ruby throat cannot be seen or has a yellow-orange shade or sometimes just plain black.

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