Dance of the Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are native to the Americas. They are the smallest of all birds, most species measuring between 5 to 13cm. They make a humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans.

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.

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BACKGROUND SOUNDS WHILE WATCHING?

Please be aware that I’m not an expert in Ornithology, I’m using eBird app for identification but if you think that there are mistakes with the name of the birds,
please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to make the necessary corrections!

Please be aware that I’m not an expert in Ornithology, I’m using eBird app for identification but if you think that there are mistakes with the name of the birds,
please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to make the necessary corrections!

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I am a hobby wildlife, nature, travel, bird and landscape photographer living in Antwerp (Belgium). Professionally I have worked with different broadcast TV stations as a camera operator, video editor and vision mixer. At present, I am primarily doing graphic marketing, online graphic content creation, prototyping and UX design for websites and applications. Click here for more…

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