Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird

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© Andrea Petersen
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Photo Info
UploadedMay 31, 2014
TakenMay 31, 2014
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D3000
Exposure1/200 sec at f/13
FlashCompulsory Flash, Return light detected
Focal Length185 mm
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Lord hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications...Psalm 130: 2

He may hear God's voice
As he stands attentive...
But for the bird to rejoice
He must have incentive
To reach with his beak,
For him to hum and speak.
Poetry by me, AJP

Here the male Ruby- throated hummingbird is standing still as though he is listening to a voice and I got a sharper image of him when he wasn't fluttering as much...He is allowing me now to practice more on him and is getting more used to my camera. This is directly from my camera without using photo shop to enhance ..The flash and using manual focus with my macro feature of the telephoto lens brought out the colors more vividly. By opening the window where the hummingbird feeder is two feet away, I was able to use the macro feature from that range.

Information below from:

"Hummingbirds have many skeletal and flight muscle adaptations which allow the bird great agility in flight. Muscles make up 25–30% of their body weight, and they have long, blade-like wings that, unlike the wings of other birds, connect to the body only from the shoulder joint. This adaptation allows the wing to rotate almost 180°, enabling the bird to fly not only forward but fly backward, and to hover in front of flowers as it feeds on nectar or hovers mid-air to catch tiny insects. Hummingbirds are the only known birds that can fly backward. During hovering, (and likely other modes of flight) ruby-throated hummingbird wings beat 55 times per second."

Please view in light box for best results. Thank you!

Thank you very much Davide Simone for the spotlight on 5-31-2014!!!

In the My Favorite Migratory Birds photo essay.

16 responses

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (30 May 2014):


  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (30 May 2014):

    Standing at attention for this lovely portrait!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (30 May 2014):

    He really stood up and gave you an excellent portrait!!! A lightbox must!

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (31 May 2014):

    How cute is this !!

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (31 May 2014):

    A very colorful bird and photo!

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (31 May 2014):


  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (31 May 2014):

    Stunning shot, Andrea!! The colours and detail are awesome.. and he gave you such a sweet pose!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (31 May 2014):


  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (31 May 2014):

    Andrea, Masterpiece photo ! AWESOME POETRY

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (31 May 2014):

    Thank you everyone so much for the comments and a special thanks to Davide Simone for the Spotlight..Very appreciated!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (31 May 2014):

    Wonderful Andrea in every way!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (1 Jun 2014):

    Well seen and presented!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 Jun 2014):

    Shockingly good entry!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (2 Jun 2014):

    so beautifully captured.

  • Kathryn Meyer

    Kathryn Meyer gave props (3 Jun 2014):

    Excellent shots, both! I'm envious!

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (15 Dec 2015):

    Gorgeous colors and detail....very well done

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