Hummingbird Pictures (Ruby-throated)
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird at a Zinnia Flower

This is from the backyard, August 2016.  The consensus is that the pink stuff on his head is pollen.  We have 4 or so hummers hanging out, including a mature male.  Haven't been able to catch the male & his colorful gorget so far!  D810A & 500mm lens, f4.5, 1/1000, ISO250, matrix metered at shutter priority and auto-ISO.

Close-up Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird & Colorful Gorget

Above from September 2017 in the back yard.

"I'm a Tough Guy!"

He's one of the 4 or so contenders noisily battling for the backyard turf. This is his "I'm a tough guy" look. Ruby-throated hummingbird from near The Woodlands August 21, 2016.

Mature Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

August 2016.  The red iridescence is from light interacting with the feathers, not pigment.

2017 Close-up Hummingbird

Super-close shot of a hummer dining on one of our many zinnia flowers, July 2017.

First Hummingbird of 2016

Male Ruby-throated hummingbird, 4/9/16.  I've seen them for a week or so.  Details:  Nikon D810A, Nikon 500mm lens at f4, 1/500s, ISO 720, fill flash.

High Resolution Close-up Hummingbird

September 2017, this is the king or queen of the yard today, 9/17/2017.  It's been punking a mature male big-time.  Nikon D810, 500mm lens, f8, 1/3200s, flash, ISO 1600.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Gorget Close-up

We have feeders just outside our back window and if I'm careful and lucky I can get some close-ups through the glass. Notice the pollen grains on his head.  April 8, 2015 with the Nikon D750 camera and 200mm f4/D "micro" lens; f8, 1/250s (pretty slow for that focal length), ISO 800.  Backyard pictures here.

Hummingbird - July 2016

This is most likely a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird in the back yard July 2016. She's working the salvia greggi (aka Autumn sage) in our backyard.

"Golden" Hummingbird

The above was shot late in the day and is processed to enhance warm and gold colors, where the one above is a bit cooler.  I'm guessing the above are both female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds; they are from the backyard July 1 2016.  Perhaps she's not going to migrate?

Hummingbird & Dwarf Powderpuff Flower

Hummingbird in the front yard, late in the day with natural light.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Lots of hummingbirds at the house in September 2014!  I'm shooting them with the Nikon 300mm f2.8 VR & 1.7x on my D610.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird with a Colorful Gorget

This is a new one from Wimberley, April 2015.  Nikon D750 Camera, Nikon 300mm f2.8 VR lens at F2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 1600, spot metered.


Ruby-throated Hummingbird Profile

This guy is from August 2014, back yard.  If you look closely you may be able to make out the house, window, and sky reflected in his eye.  Details: 1/500s at f5.6, ISO 1600 with the Nikon D610 and 105mm f2.8D macro lens.  I used the Neat Image noise filter to help get the dreamy smooth background.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

This is from 2013.  Shirley got us a hummingbird feeder and it's attached to the back window.  If I'm careful I can photograph the birds through the glass and get close enough to use my awesome Nikon AF 105mm f2.8 macro lens (Ken Rockwell info on this version of the lens at the link) (though as of 2015 that lens is now in the hands of my brother as I've switched the the 105mm VR & 200mm lenses for macro).  The window faces south, so morning or evening light is needed to avoid shooting them back-lit.  We have at least 4 birds competing for the feeder; this is the only mature male.  I'm using ISO 500 and letting Nikon D7000 camera spot-meter.  I'm also experimenting with center-metering; that may be better for these close-ups where the bird fills a fairly large part of the frame.


Hummer 2014

I believe this is a female ruby-throated hummingbird.  It's from 2014, late in the day.  Even at 1/500s the wings are blurred.


Hovering Room Only

There is a bumper crop of hummingbirds this year (Sept 2014).  I'm shooting them through our kitchen windows, you can make out some reflections in the above.


Old Backyard Hummingbird

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Back-lit Hummer

From the West Texas 2015 trip.  Other West Texas Birds are here. This guy showed up while I was shooting bees, not sure of the species.  He was severely back-lit, but with some extreme Photoshopping I was able to end up with this image.

2015 Humming Bird

The above was also captured on the 2015 Davis Mountains trip.  Also not sure of the species.


Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Wimberley, TX, 2012)

Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird

This is an older film shot from the back yard in The Woodlands.  Nikon N90s, Nikon 300 f2.8 EDIF lens with Nikon 2x doubler, Kodak E200 film.  I used an off-camera flash.


Hummingbird 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.

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