Hummingbirds have many skeletal and flight muscle adaptations which allow the bird great agility in flight. Muscles make up 25-30% of their body weight, and they have long, blade-like wings that, unlike the wings of other birds, connect to the body only from the shoulder joint. This adaptation allows the wing to rotate almost 180°, enabling the bird to fly not only forward but fly backwards, and to hover in front of flowers as it feeds on nectar and insects. During hovering, ruby-throated hummingbird wings beat 55 times per second, 61 times per second when moving backwards, and up to 75 times per second when moving forward. This female ruby-throated hummingbird was one of many fighting over a nearby feeder in Rockaway, NJ USA. I captured her with my Nikon D3100 and the Nikon 70-300mm zoom lens.

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I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture William

  • Thanks again Larry! =)

    – William Brennan

  • Thanks Larry! Sorry for the late reply. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Steven  Siow
    Steven Siowabout 3 years ago

    This is amazing……

  • Much appreciated Steven. Thanks for stopping by. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Glad you liked it Steven! Thanks for stopping by. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    27 August 2011 – 1 image per day

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    Soegboobabout 3 years ago

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    CeePhotoArtabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in Cee’s Fun Nikon Group (clickable banner)

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  • Thanks Cee!! Always a thrill to be featured. =)

    – William Brennan

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    Marie Sharpabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Marie. it’s always an honor to nab a feature. =)

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  • leih2008
    leih2008about 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your featured work! I love this one!!

  • Much appreciated Leih. =)

    – William Brennan

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    Qnitaover 1 year ago

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  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

    Fabulous shot,William :)

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