October 26, 2009
"Broad-tailed Hummingbirds (Selasphorus platycercus)
are the most common hummingbirds in Colorado," subscriber Bill Eden tells us. "In the spring they fly directly to our mountains to feed on wildflowers. During August they begin their return south, stopping for several weeks in Denver-metro neighborhood yards."
"This hummingbird and others fed for several weeks in my hummingbird-friendly garden. The garden has honeysuckle, flowering sage, penstemon, red yucca, and several varieties of hyssop, as well as a nectar feeder. Hummingbirds are very territorial, expending considerable energy chasing each other about. I photographed this hummer as it left its resting spot."
Bill used a Canon Rebel XSi, a 100-400mm lens, and a Manfrotto tripod and ball head. See photos of other hummingbirds:
- Anna's Hummingbird female and nestling
- Anna's Hummingbird with a water-soaked bill
- Black-chinned Hummingbird
- Broad-tailed Hummingbird
- Buff-bellied Hummingbird
- Calliope Hummingbird
- Costa's Hummingbird
- Purple-crowned Woodnymph
- Purple-throated Carib
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched
- Rufous Hummingbird in flight at Oregon's William L. Finley NWR
- Rufous Hummingbird chicks in the nest
- Rufous Hummingbird hovering near a nectar feeder in British Columbia
- Rufous Hummingbird, close-up portrait of hovering bird
- Rufous Hummingbirds colliding in flight
- Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
- Tufted Coquette
- White-eared HummingbirdSee more photos of birds in our photography forum.
Read "Aiming high", our August 2009 report on the cameras and lenses used by Photo of the Week photographers. (Subscriber access only)
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