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© Michael Ball
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UploadedApril 10, 2009
TakenApril 5, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D60
Exposure1/800 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length300 mm
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I was going to layoff the hummingbird posts for a while, but personally this is my favorite so far. Thanks Regenia for the title!! :o)
Did you know?

Hummingbirds wings beat about 40-50 times per second in normal flight
30% of a hummingbird's weight consists of flight muscles
Hummingbirds fly about 25mph in normal flight and up to 40mph in a courtship dive
The heart beats about 250 times per minute while at rest, about 1,220 per minute while flying, but slows to 50 beats per minute at night (this is called torpor).
It takes about 250 breaths per minute while at rest
A hummingbird has a mass of about 3-4g (a nickel weighs about 5g); may nearly double mass prior to migration by putting on extra fat
A tiny hummingbird can consume up to 50% of its weight in nectar each day.

(Source: University of Washington Nature Mapping)

85 responses

  • Bermi Shutter

    Bermi Shutter gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Yeah, I like this one as well. Great shot!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    This is fantastic Michael!!! I can't wait for the hummers to come out here!!

  • Beth Wode

    Beth Wode (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    WOW.. this is an amazing shot!

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Simply fabulous.

  • Roberto Noto

    Roberto Noto gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    the humming bird series is unreal..... another great shot

  • Minno Ramírez Terrón

    Minno Ramírez Terrón gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    great, love the title!!!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    This is fabulous Michael..... I love your hummers...... I'm patiently waiting on my little guys to return... this shot is one of my favorites as well!!!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    This makes me sooooo happy...

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Fabulous shot, Michael!! And thank you for the information..WOW!!

  • Neil Woo

    Neil Woo said (10 Apr 2009):

    wow great capture

  • Andrew Bowman

    Andrew Bowman (Deleted) said (10 Apr 2009):

    Awesome capture, I'm trying to get one like this.

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Gorgeous capture!!


    JOE FAILK gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Fantastic Shot!

  • Cindy Coubrough

    Cindy Coubrough gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    I'm so jealous! lol Excellent capture, what were your camera settings to catch this? I can't wait for spring to get here.

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Oh my!!! Incredible shot, Mike!! ...and a great title as well, Regenia!!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    P.S. Your text provides excellent supplementary material!! FASCINATING!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Super shot, Mike! Your hummingbird series is great.Nice lens, super and clear.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Brilliant Michael, and thanks for the description, this is so wonderful to see, I have never seen such beautiful and colourful humming birds in real life, the ones I have seen lack the wonderful colours of those you capture.

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Great capture and entry!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    another beautiful capture!! very impressive Mike!

  • Spectre Photo

    Spectre Photo gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    fantastic color and clarity!! well done Mike!

  • Kel Casey

    Kel Casey gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Oh, I WISH I could shoot birds like that! Awesome!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    This photo of the hummingbird is EXCELLENT - I love the colors in it and how it isn't even perching on the feeder. The info that you gave about hummingbirds is really nice.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    Great shot!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2009):

    WOW! You are REALLY getting good at these hummys!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2009):

    I think you two did an excellent job at naming this beauty!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Apr 2009):

    A perfect entry.


    LAM KHIN THET said (11 Apr 2009):

    WOW. Creative shot.

  • Nasera S.

    Nasera S. gave props (11 Apr 2009):


  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2009):

    oh,,,never lay off the hummingbirds,,this is fabulous..I cannot wait until they come visit us.....wonderful shot...

  • GayleMarie Jones

    GayleMarie Jones gave props (11 Apr 2009):

    Beautiful hummingbird!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2009):

    This is truly amazing! Your capture of this tiny bird's activity is perfect. Spectacular shot.

  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca gave props (11 Apr 2009):

    one fantastic shot, beautiful capture

  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca said (11 Apr 2009):

    good photo for birds and bloom

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly gave props (12 Apr 2009):

    love the image and title:)

  • Yanni

    Yanni gave props (12 Apr 2009):

    Fantastic shot....caught at the right moment!!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (12 Apr 2009):

    Fantastic!! Thanks for posting!

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (12 Apr 2009):

    Excellent capture!!!!

  • Angie D

    Angie D (Deleted) gave props (12 Apr 2009):

    great shot!!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (13 Apr 2009):

    Great timing! Well done.

  • dp *

    dp * said (13 Apr 2009):

    Nice one, looks like you got your first in flight shot you were looking for congrats. dp

  • Lindsay

    Lindsay gave props (13 Apr 2009):

    beautiful colors!!

  • Mayette Ignacio

    Mayette Ignacio gave props (13 Apr 2009):

    Enjoying your toys and doing a great job at it.. and at your topor youre torturing my Guess Who this week.. ROFL!!

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (13 Apr 2009):


  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (14 Apr 2009):

    Super fantastica!

  • Matt.

    Matt. (Deleted) gave props (14 Apr 2009):

    WOW Great Work!!!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (15 Apr 2009):

    Thank you so much for the little history lesson on the hummingbird...I am so impressed by your work on these beautiful birds that are so difficult to capture in flight...We just bought ourselves a new hummingbird feeder to replace the last one that wore out and I would love to be able to capture a shot as beautiful as this!

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (15 Apr 2009):

    Just wow. Love the title too.

  • Nicole DeVita

    Nicole DeVita gave props (16 Apr 2009):

    I am running out of words to describe your hummingbird shots!! Your right, I think this is the best one yet!! Amazing shot!!

  • Tannaz santos

    Tannaz santos said (16 Apr 2009):

    Beautiful shot!

  • Lori Reece

    Lori Reece gave props (17 Apr 2009):

    Wow! What an awesome photo!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (17 Apr 2009):

    Bravo!!! Fabulous work, Mike.

  • Angelo Narciso

    Angelo Narciso gave props (18 Apr 2009):

    amazing capture, michael! coming from hibernation, your shots bring the beauty of spring!

  • Bill Bungard

    Bill Bungard   gave props (20 Apr 2009):

    Great capture. Good example of moment in time.

  • Courtney Brown

    Courtney Brown gave props (20 Apr 2009):

    This is amazing!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Excellent excellent work!! This is unbelievably good Michael well done!!!

  • Norman Baade C.

    Norman Baade C. said (23 Apr 2009):

    fantastic capture.!

  • Ledge95

    Ledge95 gave props (30 Apr 2009):

    WOW great capture..

  • Dawn Hayes

    Dawn Hayes gave props (5 May 2009):

    incredible shot

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (5 May 2009):

    Fantastic shot, keep those little hummingbird pics coming:o)

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (21 Oct 2009):

    Colourful, fun and well composed! What more can one ask for...

  • Seth Deibel

    Seth Deibel gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Seriously awesome...wonderful work!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (15 Sep 2010):


  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (15 Sep 2010):

    Stopped back by to VOTE!! we sure are missing you :~(

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (17 Sep 2010):

    Back to vote :-) Really missing you, my friend :-(

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (18 Sep 2010):

    Back to vote!!!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 Sep 2010):

    Once again I came back to vote!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Sep 2010):

    Back to vote and still hoping to capture a shot as beautiful as this. Keep them coming.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (23 Sep 2010):

    Back to vote!

  • Cindy Coubrough

    Cindy Coubrough gave props (1 Oct 2010):

    Also back to vote. Beautiful!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    Superb shot, voting..

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    back to vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Oct 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (30 Oct 2010):

    A masterpiece!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (31 Oct 2010):

    My vote!!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    Gets my RAD vote easily!

  • Archana R Jarajapu

    Archana R Jarajapu gave props (12 Nov 2010):

    incredible shot! you have my vote


    JOE FAILK gave props (13 Nov 2010):

    Back to Vote!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (13 Nov 2010):

    Got my vote.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (9 Jan 2011):


  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (9 Jan 2011):

    The 'key' to a great shot Michael.....this little fellow is turning the 'lock' on an amazing image. Happy New Year from downunder!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (21 Jan 2011):

    Outstanding entry for the theme! Voted!

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (26 Jan 2011):

    My vote...!!!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (31 Jan 2011):

    Simply fantastic photograph...they are indeed colorful...in Arizona we had some of these feeders and enjoyed watching them, my olympus fe4030 could not take a decent photo fo these amazing creatures...love the information...its great to learn somethign while viewing photographs...Voted

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (10 May 2013):

    So vivid and beautiful

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