Hummingbird frozen in flight. Catching images of any bird in flight is tough but these little ones have got to be the hardest. They fly at extraordinary speed and their flight patterns highly erratic. Normally I do a passable job with them when they visit for the summer but this year struggled most of the time. On this day in August though, I managed this shot as the Hummingbird flew in and hovered just for a brief instant.
Taken in Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado.
I haven’t had much luck getting pictures of Hummingbirds the last couple of years. This past weekend I did my best, even setting up a feeder at my campsite. We had a few visitors to it but not many and definitely few that wanted their picture taken. One however, just as we were packing up, came by for a visit and let me get a pretty nice closeup as it took a break from feeding.
As the sun came over the horizon on this morning the mercury had dipped to the low 40s. Nature was starting to wake up and birds were making lots of noise and setting about their daily activities. This little Rufous Hummingbird however was in no rush to get moving seemingly preferring to just sit and take in the warming sun’s rays.
Taken in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado.
I spent this weekend up in the Colorado high country and unfortunately didn’t take too many pics. I did grab a few of the hummingbirds that were visiting our feeder though and this one I found kind of amusing.
Taken this past August in Colorado State Forest State Park. These little birds are incredible fliers known for their precision maneuverability and intolerance of other hummingbirds that might intrude on its territory.
It takes a lot of luck to capture these fast-movers in flight, let alone in a pose like this. This Rufous Hummingbird in Colorado State Forest State Park was kind enough to give me a chance for some nice shots. The low, bright evening sun allowed me to use a high shutter speed (1/3200) to help freeze the action.
Military pilots initiate sessions of head-to-head aerial combat training with that simple phrase. It seems appropriate for this picture of two hummingbirds who are about to begin a duel over who maintains control of a local area.
Captured Sunday in Pike National Forest (Colorado), these two went at it dodging and darting with each trying to gain the upper hand and drive the other off. Lots of fun to watch, very hard to follow and get a picture of.
Of the dozens of hummingbirds from this past week in Colorado State Forest State Park, this guy was the most elusive. He was clearly a master of the ‘dine and dash’ routine as he would come in to the feeder for a quick snack and head out just as fast. I managed just a few shots of the colorful fellow.
It isn’t too often hummingbirds sit still but this one finally did. Taken in Pike National Forest, Colorado this past Sunday, this female Rufous Hummingbird was quite colorful. From her perch above the feeder she was able to easily defend it from others who wanted to partake in breakfast. The Rufous winters in southern Mexico then moves up the Pacific coast in late winter and early spring. It will start its migration south along the Rocky Mountains as early as July – likely why we saw this one.
As hummingbirds are hard to come by in suburban Denver, I had to go to the mountains to get some pictures of them. Well, actually, I was camping in Pike National Forest this past weekend and setup a feeder to get their attention. There was quite a bit of activity each morning, all seemingly from females or immature ones. Certainly they are a lot of fun to watch, especially when the inevitable ‘dog fights’ start between them.