Ruby-throated and other hummers are at this page.
This shot nicely shows the iridescent purple gorget on a male black-chinned hummer. Nikon D750 camera on a monopod, VR 300 f2.8 lens at f2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 1600, spot metered using dynamic 9 point continuous focus mode.
This girl is explaining that she's in charge. Nikon D810A, 500mm f4 lens at f4, 1/1250 at ISO 900. Monopod mounted with the Wimberley head (in Wimberley TX!) 9/27/2016.
Iridescent green and some nice pastel colors on this one. She's the same as the pic above. Nikon D810A, 500mm f4 lens at f4, 1/1250 at ISO 360. Monopod mounted with the Wimberley head (in Wimberley TX!) 9/27/16
The pictures above and below are the same bird from Wimberley and the Starry Nights Bed & Breakfast; Spring 2011. Thanks to Dwanna for the plant ID and Gil once again came through with the bird ID (the ID became positive after I sent him additional images showing the tail feathers spread out). Gil advises: The photos of the tail feathers clinch the identification as an immature female Black-chinned hummingbird, Archilocus alexandri. This species is considered the western counterpart of the East's Ruby-throated hummingbird; they are closely related. Black-chinned is common from spring to late summer in west and central Texas, and is rare along the Gulf in the winter.
Hummingbird pictures often show the wings as a blur, but these images with a "fast" lens and in direct sun allowed a fast shutter speed to freeze the actions. This & image below: Nikon D200 camera, Nikon 300 F4 ED lens, 1/2500 at ISO 400 top, 1/1250 bottom, Neat Image noise reduction both... I did my best to color correct the bottom shot, so it should be closest to "true colors." Note: I caught a rare and endangered golden-cheeked warbler on the same trip, shown at this link.
The black-chinned bird is discussed above.
Wimberley 2015. Direct sunlight is not too flattering, but this is interesting in that it shows the gorget shining purple on the left, but transitioning to black on the right part of the picture.
Nikon D610, Nikon 200mm macro lens hand-held, 1/1250s, ISO 6400 (!) at effective aperture f4.2. Wimberley Spring 2015.
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Wimberley, TX, 2012)
(Wimberley, TX, 2012)
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Hummingbirds from Starry Nights Bed and Breakfast, Wimberley, TX.
Per Gil: The ones at the flowers I cannot identify by your photos, but they are either Black-chinned or Ruby-throated. While I am tempted to call the male a Black-chinned, the angle of light on the gorget (throat feathers) makes all the difference, and is not good enough in this photo.
May 2006 Starry Nights Astronomy
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