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A female Rufous Humming Bird approaching a Crocosmia flower to feed, glows in iridescence from the low afternoon sun.


Size: 7-9 cm (3-4 in)
Wingspan: 11 cm (4 in)
Weight: 2-5 g (0.07-0.18 ounces)


Taken on July 26/10 at 3:37pm on south East Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 IS USM L lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto,including 498 RC2 ball head.
Taken at; 1/2000’s, f/9, -2/3 EV, 400 mm, man wht bal 5750 kelvin, iso 800.
Subject distance 2.9 meters ( 9.5 ft).
Color bal adjustment, slight sharpening, no cropping.


  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 4 years ago

    Very nice action shot. Love the color the background works well. Right on…Hugs…Tom

  • Thank you so kindly Tom! The background is grass of which is getting pretty dry now. lol

    – Sandy Stewart

  • joedog
    joedogover 4 years ago

    WoW what a awesome capture!!! you even got the wings usually they are just a blur

  • Sometimes standing in one spot for a long time while feeling like the sun is burning you is worth it all! lol Actually, I get a kick out of watching these little busy bodies and capturing some half decent shots once in a while is bonus! Many kind thanks dear Joe! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelover 4 years ago

    Great action, and beautiful hues!

  • Gotta love that late afternoon sun and well with patience I managed to capture a few keeper shots! Thank you so much for you kind compliment Gary! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 4 years ago

    Sandy you captured the moment perfectly, way to go young lady!!!

  • Awe,….thank you so kindly Anthony! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • bioman
    biomanover 4 years ago

    This certainly has that WOW factor!! Excellent work Sandy!

  • Thank you so much John! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • shadyuk
    shadyukover 4 years ago

    Stunning !

  • Thank you so very much shadyuk! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzover 4 years ago

    Excellent freeze and color!

  • Thank you so kindly Rany! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Sandy, great framing!

  • Thank you so much Martin! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Kellerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Sandy. I love the perspective from behind. I can see what the hummer sees.

  • Thank you so much Kent! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Amazing capture, dear Sandy!

  • Thank you so much dear Bela! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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