Late yesterday afternoon, until the sun went down, a pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were buzzing up a storm as they were defending their territory from other hummingbirds. Of the pair, the male was by far the most active. They were flying around like tiny jet fighters, and in between “dog fights,” the male frequently landed in a nearby tree to watch over their territory.
I could not just watch them without breaking out and setting up my Nikon D800 and 600mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter (850mm). My presence with my camera did not slow them down, which would have helped as I attempted to photograph them. They continued to buzz back and forth.
I was not trying to photograph them as they flew by me. They were moving to fast and erratically. Instead, I focused on a few locations in the nearby trees where they would periodically land, rest…
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