A Hovering Surprise

Wolf Read

Vancouver, Canada

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To my surprise, as I pursued a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth with my camera, following the little critter closely, an actual hummingbird made an appearance. The female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) silently hovered about the densely-floriated patch of fireweed in which I stood, looking for some blossoms in which to sip nectar. I managed to snap a few shots before she decided that I stood too close to all the available flowers and flitted off to quieter pastures.

One aspect that I like about this particular shot is that the the hummingbird’s tail-feathers are spread out beautifully. Often, when in flight, these feathers are closed. I believe I caught the hummingbird using her tail as an air-brake. She probably did not want to get any closer to me.

Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4 L IS USM
176mm, 1/2000 sec, f / 4, -1/3 EV, ISO 400
Hand-held

Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park, BC
06 Aug 2011

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