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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.


  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/07/12 1 Image per 24hrs

  • Thank you for accepting it! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    A stunning capture as these guys are quick. Well done Sandy.

    Click the banner to take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • Yes, they certainly are quick for sure, but love the challenge! Many kind thanks! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 2 years ago

    This is gorgeous Sandy, and I’m pleased to tell you that this wonderful image will be the new avatar for Canadiana per this note I sent out this morning when I did the features.
    See Here

  • Awe,…..thank you so much for the kind words and I am honored to have it used as the new avatar for the “Canadiana” group! Many kind thanks Vickie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work, lovely image Sandy,
    hope you are keeping well,
    love and hugs Ann xox

  • Thank you so kindly for accepting it and for your kind words dear Ann! All is going great here and loving the long warm sunny days we have been so blessed with lately! Hope all is going well for you too!
    xox : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Yool
    Yoolover 2 years ago

    AWESOME SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much for such kind words Mariola! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • polly470
    polly470over 2 years ago

    Complete and utter perfection!

  • Awe,……such great words and I thank you so much Polly! It was one of those being patient days and just lucking out! lol : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakeover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so kindly Beatrice! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryover 2 years ago

    How wonderful, Sandy; you ave outdone yourself here! Perfection!

  • Awe,…..thank you so very much Bonnie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 2 years ago

    So beautiful Sandy! :O)))

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

    – Sandy Stewart

    DIZZYHEIGHTSover 2 years ago

    A perfect image. Bird is sharp, background blurred , and the bird is doing something. Well done. Liz

  • Thank you so much for such a kind compliment Liz! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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