Female Hummingbird at the Feeder
We have been feeding these little birds for years.
And for years I have also been trying to get a decent photo of them.
Not counting all the film I went through before digital cameras came along, I would say I have easily snapped close to 500 images of them.
Most of them are totally unrecognizable as a hummingbird, or they are completely missing from the photo itself.
They move so quickly - better have a fast lens and shutter speed to catch them.
This is the only decent photo I have at this time, and it was taken a couple of summers ago with my point and shoot digital camera - how I wish I had had my DSLR back then. I haven't been able to get as close to them since.
I have a new plan for this summer though and it includes my son's blind that he purchased this spring for hunting.
I have a hummingbird feeder hanging in my backyard, and I am going to set up that blind within 15 feet of it - right next to a tree.
I will be crouched on a pillow behind it with my camera on a tripod, my 200mm zoom lens in place, and I will watch for them and try to capture a decent photo.
If mother nature can provide me with a nice sunny day so I can use a fast shutter speed, then I should be all set to hunker down for a couple of hours.
With a can of bug spray and sunscreen by my side too!