Anna’s Hummingbirds – Spring Photography
I am just a teensy bit obsessed with hummingbirds.
Anna’s Hummingbirds hang out in Oregon all year round. They are my pets. I thaw their feeders in the winter. I make protect the weaker little guys by strategically placing feeders around my house. I have a male or two that think they own a feeder and run off those who dare to attempt a sip. I’ve even been known to turn on the sprinkler system on a hot day just because the hummingbirds like to play in the spray.
Spring is my favorite time for Anna’s Hummingbirds. The cherry blossoms send them into an out-of-control feeding frenzy and then the courtships begin. The males show off to the ladies by climbing up to 130 feet into the air and then swooping to the ground with a burst of noise that they produce through their tail feathers. It sounds a little like the fire alarm screaming “BEEP” when the batteries are low.
My annual Anna’s Hummingbird photo shoot takes place on my front porch that overlooks ornamental cherry trees. I wait for the sun to light up the trees in the late afternoon and shoot with my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Zoom Lens plus the Canon EF 2.0X III Telephoto Extender. It’s important to sit back and watch for where the hummingbirds like to hang out. Anticipation is key. My camera settings go between an F/6.3 to F/7.1 aperture and fast shutter speeds of 1/500 or higher. Adjust your ISO for the best exposure.