A female Rufous Hummingbird feeds from Lamb’s Ear flowers on a hot summer day.
All hummingbirds eat nectar from flowering plants; they need the high energy food to power their extremely fast metabolism. In addition, they eat small bugs for the protein content they provide. Calories obtained from nectar and sugar-water from hummingbird feeders is used to power the hummingbirds.
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Taken on July 7/12 at 2:11pm on south east Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100- 400 mm L IS USM lens.
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead
Taken at 1/640’s at f/8, + 2/3 ev, 400 mm , man white bal, iso 500. Slight crop off the top and a slender dark vignette around the edges.