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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

Here's a bird I have seen and photographed many times without much success. Hummingbirds are a challenge to every photographer because they are so small, so agile and fast, and so beautifully colored. They are very charming birds and some fantastic photos have been taken of them. This is a male Anna's Hummingbird, the only hummingbird that overwinters around here. One of the problems I have when photographing this bird is that its brilliantly magenta colored head is so bright that it always overexposes when it catches the light. Here the bird is at enough of an angle so that only a bit of that brilliance shows. I posted a photo of some hummingbird chicks last year that were likely the progeny of this bird since he was guarding a territory within a stone's throw of their nest in Saxe Point Park.

4 comments:

JoJo said...

Great shot!!! I have never been able to get a good pic of a hummingbird b/c they never stay still long enough!

Sharon said...

Great shot. Such beautiful and tiny creatures!

Steffe said...

Wow, what a beautiful bird.

SRQ said...

Wonderful capture of a challenging bird to photograph. The colors really pop. The magenta draws your eye to the bird's eye, which is really clear. And, the yellow on the branch really adds to the scene. I'd be excited just to see one of these guys -- let alone get such a nice picture.