When did you take this photo?
September 16, 2011
What hummingbird species is this?
Where did you take this photo?
Just north of Houston, Texas. Backyard habitat, with nearby woods and fields.
How I Did It:
We've had more hummingbirds this year than ever before. There have been 7-10 in the garden at any one time. I have several feeders out and they were swarming around them. I stood about six feet from the feeder and starting taking photos! This is the first time I have ever seen more than one on the same feeder.
- Keep the sun behind you, otherwise you lose the wonderful detail of their feathers.
- Other than that, I have no advice - I got this more by luck than skill!
Melissa Mayntz, About.com Birding/Wild Birds, says:
There is always a fair bit of luck involved with photographing hummingbirds, but a prepared birder can be a prepared photographer. By understanding the birds' habits, you're in a great position to take great photos.