This photo were taken in 2012. The first half of the year I was using my old camera,( i737 Polaroid Ditigal) and by August I had acquired a newer and better camera. My old one had its moments and took amazing pictures, but my Nikon has abled me to get some awesome close ups of my subjects without having to sneak up or disturb them. I also found you have to anticipate a bird's actions as you click. Like the hummingbirds perched at the feeder. Most of my shots were of them drinking and you wouldn't see their beaks, but as I followed the hummer's actions, I was able to get some majestic photos BEFORE they drank or as they came up. Even their tongues. It does take patience.lol and a whole lot of practice. Enjoy it!
The hummers are out in full swing. We can get up to two a day, zipping and chasing one another. Many times I'll stand out in our backyard and I'll hear one chattering. I think now we are getting more females, but the ones doing the zip into the sky and swoop dive must be juveniles? They will do it about 6 times and rest up in our tree and take a drink. My birthday was June 19th, I stood maybe 4 inches from the feeder and one came down and did a "not so sure" dance and drank from every hole in front of me. It was beautiful to see all its muscles moving and all the vibrations. I think I saw its tiny bitty feet.:) Today I saw 2 and they would chase each other, but then I saw one sipping from some flowers and looked over and saw the other at the feeder. Never seen 2 that close getting there food. Seen juveniles perched next to each other. Fascinating to watch and learn. We mostly get Anna's Hummingbirds. I did see some Rufous this month migrate in.