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The Elusive “In-flight” Hummingbird

It has been a while since I have posted for the sake of photography.  I decided to greet the sun this morning at the Piedmont Environmental Center on Penny Road in High Point, NC.  They have a nice wrap-around porch that neighbors the bird feeding area.  They have a couple of hummingbird feeders there as well.

My goal was to catch the hummingbird in mid-flight.  While I was waiting, I had some other visitors to come by to eat, so I tried to capture them as well.  I have attempted to name the birds, but I am by no means an expert ornithologist.  If you find a bird named incorrectly, please let me know…I used this as a learning experience to better identify the birds (as well as get some more photography practice, but, you know!).

The hummingbird seems to be quite elusive.  I heard the sound of its wings several times, and even saw him light on the feeder a couple of times.  Unfortunately, he would always land on the opposite side of the feeder from me, and moving my camera immediately scared him off.  As I was getting impatient and preparing to leave, I decided to wait on the opposite side for him to return, and sure enough, I got him right before I left!  I wish there had been a bit more light to get some more of his colors, but overall I am happy with the results.

I hope you enjoy the birds pictures, and hopefully, I will be able to bring pictures more consistently now.