It was a tricky photo session with these little creatures, the goal was to capture some photos while they were hovering. Not easy because they move fast and the wings flap around 12 to 80 times/second.
High shutter speed was a must, I’m talking about 1/5000sec minimum to freeze those wings (and even then it was not fast enough!) In order to get those high shutter speeds to work, I needed light, a lot of light. So I chose a spot where there was full sunlight at the Tinamú Birding Nature Reserve in Caldas, Colombia.
The trick is to observe them for a while (it can take hours) and learn from their behaviour. Like most birds, they have the habit to follow the same flying route for a certain period of time. But with a nice cup of real Colombian coffee made by Fernando Galvis (the bird-guide), it was worth the wait. Once I recognised the habits it was just a matter of time to get the shot I wanted.