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Hummingbird family portraits

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Papa ruby throated hummingbird

We have a prodigious bee balm patch over by the pond that is a favorite of all kinds of pollinators. We also have a family of ruby throated hummingbirds in residence this summer, and they were in full play-and-feed mode yesterday afternoon—zipping about above the flowers, chasing each other, feeding, and, very rarely, perching for a few brief seconds so I could get a shot off. Here are some family portraits.

Shots taken with Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens, ISO 1600, f/5.6, various shutter speeds.

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A juvenile feeding
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Mama hummingbird (or perhaps one of the juveniles?)
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A juvenile male takes a brief break from the action

 

Jewel bird in a jeweled woods…

A juvenile ruby-throated hummingbird perches above our bee balm patch
A juvenile ruby-throated hummingbird perches above our bee balm patch

This juvenile ruby-throated hummingbird was one of three birds busily feeding and chasing each other in the bee balm patch next to our pond. I spent a good 45 minutes waiting for them to pop into view long enough to shoot. A challenging subject that rewards patience and quickness!

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/320″ exposure.

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