A female Rufous Hummingbird feeds from Crocosmia flowers.


Taken on July 29/10 at 4:01pm on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 40D
Lens, Canon 100-400 mm L IS USM lens.
Tripod, Manfrotto
Taken at, 1/200’s at f/9, -2/3 ev, 400 mm, man wht bal 6205 kelvin, iso 800.
Slightly cropped. Histogram adjustment, col balanced and slightly sharpened in lightness mode, unsharpmask ( amount 25, radius 5, threshold 3).
Subject distance, 3.3 meters (10.8 ft).


birds, hummers, hummingbirds, nature, floral, flowers, red, summer, wildlife, rufous


  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful and colorful capture! An instant fave, Sandy~Lynn

  • Awe,…thank you so much Lynn! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • MisterD
    MisterDabout 3 years ago

    What a fantastical shot – absolutely breath-taking!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words MisterD! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devineabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic Sandy!!! In instant fave! I love the hummingbird being framed by the flowers, wonderful work!

  • Awe,….thank you so much for your kind words and fav Tim! It was one of those lucky shots. I find that I have to put in lots of time to get them used to my presence. This year I haven’t had the time and so they are hard to capture, as they are quite flighty. I’m hoping to find the time to get them used to me once again. lol lol : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Brian Varcas
    Brian Varcasabout 3 years ago

    What a magnificent capture!

  • Thank you so kindly Brian! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 3 years ago

    Wow what an awsome action capture and it looks as if it’s not an easy shot to get, well done Sandy

  • No, not an easy one to capture for sure, but if you put in enough time you are sometimes rewarded! lol Many kind thanks for your kind words Robert! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 3 years ago

    Incredible capture Sandy, having tried to photograph these birds I know how difficult it is. Instant Fave. Alma

  • Yes, they can certainly be a challenge to capture for sure! lol Many kind thanks for your compliment and fav Alma! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous picture !

  • Thank you so kindly Corinne! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 3 years ago

    amazing and fantastic shot! colors are intense and the humming bird, so photogenic! ;)

  • Thank you so much for your kind words eyelife! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 3 years ago

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesabout 3 years ago

    Stunning capture Sandy. Love the colours, lighting. The details and composition are spot on, great work.

  • Thank you so much Mark! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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