Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

September 1, 2010

Anna’s hummingbirds without Feeders

Filed under: Birds, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, technique — richditch @ 8:34 am
Anna's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

In my previous post I talked about not requiring a feeder to take good photos of hummingbirds, reacting to statements on a photo critique web site that most hummingbird shots are taken at or near such feeders. In my previous post I showed a variety of Costa’s Hummingbirds from my backyard and from the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, all taken without the use of any feeder.

I thought I’d follow up that post with a similar collection of feeder free photos of the closely related Anna’s Hummingbird, all taken at the Gilbert Water Ranch.

Lead Image: 2/25/10, Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), ISO 800, 1/80th second @ f/8. An example to show that it is not necessary to use flash to capture the brilliant color of the gorget.

Anna's Hummingbird fluffed in cold

Anna's Hummingbird fluffed in cold

1/30/05, Nikon D70, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/250th second @ f/5.6, fill flash with SB-800. The hummingbird is plumped up on a cold wet winter morning.

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

1/20/10, Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/320th second @ f/8.

Anna's Hummingbird nest

Anna's Hummingbird nest

4/11/10, Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), ISO 200, 1/60th second @ f/11, fill flash from SB-800. Read the full story of this nest in a previous post.

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

10/25/07, Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), ISO 400, 1/1250th second @ f/8.

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3 Comments »

  1. Great images Rich! I miss those hummers in Arizona.

    Comment by Idaho_Birder — September 1, 2010 @ 9:02 am

  2. Rich

    Both of your last two blog posts have been very informative about the species you posted and how all of the images were taken without feeders being used. I often see hummingbirds here miles away from any feeders. Excellent images as always.

    Comment by Mia — September 1, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

  3. Beautiful! Very nice shots.

    Comment by Meg — September 25, 2010 @ 5:17 pm


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