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Canon 50D; Sigma 150-500mm lens
Shutter speed 1/2048
Lens Aperture F/6.4
Focal length 500mm
Exposure time 1/2000
ISO 640

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The Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris is the most common and widely distributed of the hummingbirds in Canada. From the tip of its bill to the tip of its tail it measures from 7.5 cm to slightly more than 9 cm. No larger than a good-sized insect, it is often confused with hawk moths, especially at dusk, as these moths are similar in size, form, and flight.

The male Ruby-throated Hummingbird is shiny metallic green above, greyish white below, and has a forked tail. He wears a splendid gorget, or throat patch, of silky, ruby red feathers, which sometimes appear orange, or even jet black, depending on the light. The female is similar but has a greyish-white throat patch. Her tail is rounded, and some of the outer tail feathers are marked with white spots. These she often displays when posturing and in flight. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s bill is long, straight, and almost as slender as a darning needle.
Canada has five species of hummingbirds. Of these, only the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is found in the east. It inhabits Nova Scotia (including Cape Breton Island), New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, southern Quebec, and Ontario north to Lake Nipigon and Lake of the Woods. It ranges westward through southern Manitoba, central Saskatchewan, and central and southeastern Alberta.
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Photographed at the Oriole feeder in my yard, Ste. Rita, Manitoba, Canada

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Perfect!!!! Congratulations Vickie!! It doesn’t get better than this!!! Well done and instant favorite!!

  • thank you Blair, I was hoping you would notice. this is another I took this morning, the one I had planned on is in the wings for another day, it’s good too (I think), so I had to make a choice. I like how he hit the hole in the feeder here :-)) thanks also for the fav

    – Vickie Emms

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 5 years ago

    I love hummers, and this is a great shot, Vickie, accompanied by your usual wonderful descriptions and information.

  • thank you very much for your important comment David, glad you like this one

    – Vickie Emms

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 5 years ago

    Wow, beautiful hon. Did you get him today?

  • thank you hon. Yes this was this morning just before you called me. I was trying to get him fighting with the Oriole over the food, lol. I have another from another day, will upload another time. My dream is to get one in flight, no objects around.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture here Just Perfect Sis. It doesn’t get any better than this! An instant fav for me Hugs XXX Leslie

  • thanks so much hon,,,,,,,,,,,and for the fav, your comments always make be happy :-))) xoxox

    – Vickie Emms

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 5 years ago

    wow, perfect!

  • thank you very much Luda

    – Vickie Emms

  • dougie1
    dougie1over 5 years ago


  • thanks much Dougs

    – Vickie Emms

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture and OMG I need a 500mm lens

  • awww,,,,,well I cried long enough till I got mine around Christmas time, I am going to enjoy it this summer that’s for sure, been practicing lots,,,,,,,,,,thanks very much Kelly for stopping by

    – Vickie Emms

  • PFrogg
    PFroggover 5 years ago

    Great shot Vickie well done

  • thank you very much John,,,,,,,,

    – Vickie Emms

  • mindym306
    mindym306over 5 years ago

    Wow Vickie, this is just fabulous! Great capture!

  • thank you Mindy, very much

    – Vickie Emms

  • Lolabud
    Lolabudover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Vickie. Ruby throated hummers are the only variety we see around here. I’ve seen a few this year so far, but not a lot. I’m waiting patiently for our regulars. They are a challenge, but fun to shoot (photographically that is :-)

  • yes they are fun, specially when they are arguing with the Orioles over whose feeder it is, lol……we only get the Ruby’s too here in Manitoba, but they are so tiny and cute. thanks for your visit

    – Vickie Emms

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