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Hummingbird Showdown

By brunosaltspringisland
A juvenile male Rufous hummingbird (perched) pinches the belly of his aggressor, an adult female Rufous flying overhead. Rufous hummingbirds are very small, measuring in length about three inches and weighing between four and five grams; they are also very territorial and quite aggressive with each other. I use the high-speed multi-flash technique to take advantage of extremely short duration of the flashes when set at their lowest power setting, about 1/40,000th of a second, the only way to freeze the movements of these extremely quick birds. Four YN 560 Speedlites, three aimed at the birds, one at the background. The lens used is an obsolete manual focus Olympus OM Zuiko 300mm f/4.5 probably forty years old mounted on a very modest Panasonis Lumix GX1.
Photo taken in my garden, on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, on the West coast of Canada.

Tags: Hummingbirds Wildlife and nature

Voters: TimothyDMorton, number9, debu and 27 more

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debu 11 India
27 May 2020 1:56AM
Excellent image.
Debu
27 May 2020 2:39AM
A terrirric flight cspture of these highly territorial birds.

Peter
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12 23 19 Canada
27 May 2020 2:50AM
A very beautiful image you've taken here. Interesting reading your write up.
27 May 2020 3:23AM
An amazing capture, great image.

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