Hummingbirds are birds that comprise the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species). To conserve energy while they sleep or when food is scarce, they have the ability to go into a hibernation-like state (torpor) where their metabolic rate is slowed to 1/15th of its normal rate. They are also the only group of birds with the ability to fly backwards. Their English name derives from the humming sound made by the very fast beating of their wings. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph). (From Wikipedia)
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Guenther (10893) 2012-09-13 7:05
a wonderful nature shot! A splendid subject, perfect sharpness on the bird, gorgeous colours... congratulation!
cornejo (18116) 2012-09-13 10:50
Hello Eleu, excellent shot of this lovely bird sipping the beautiful flowers, a nice picture taken perfectly. Very good and nice job well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy weekend
Best regards and best wishes.
fabbs99 (5499) 2012-09-13 13:48
Marvelous shot of this beautiful and small bird.Wonderful clarity and sharpness in the image.I love the colors in the composition.TFS
chrisvek (5505) 2012-09-13 14:48
Great composition with perfect colors and saturation.Wonderful focus and POV.Well done!TFS
Have a nice day
Sonata11 (28375) 2012-09-13 20:26
I liove those a little fellows. You were lucky to captured him. Wonderful composition and great framing.
I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
ikeharel (37378) 2012-09-14 2:00
Beautiful moment as she hovers sipping nectar, Eleu.
Great clear picture,fine flower she had chosen.
marabu61 (3938) 2012-09-14 12:43
I wasn't around for two days, but after two 16h shifts at work ...
Good capture of this hummingbird. They are so fascinating creatures. And even with a exposure of 1/400 sek. there is still movement in the wings, that shows how fast they beat their wings.
have a great weekend
emilbo (20862) 2012-09-14 14:21
Ça bat des ailes plus vite qu'un avion. Pas facile de prendre un colibri, il faudrait toujours avoir la caméra à la main et puis encore. Ici j'en ai vu à tous les jours cet été mais je n'ai jamais réussi une photo. Bonne exposition qui nous laisse voir les mouvements des ailes. Bel éclairage et jolies couleurs.
Toutes mes félicitations et bonne fin de semaine,
siamesa (27449) 2012-09-14 16:28
Boa noite Eleu
Superb moment that you captured. The colors are marvelous and this bird seems magic.
ourania (12427) 2012-09-15 9:32
a wonderful scene from nature, an excellent composition which makes the most of this fascinating theme and presents it with superb sharpness and effectiveness. I love the way the soft light is diffused in the frame rendering magnificent mild tones all over. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
abmdsudi (26295) 2012-09-15 10:27
A lovely in-flight hummer capture of such quick little bird and brilliant timing in fantastic colors and detail. Not an easy game to capture one this sharp as she's so fast. Exposure is fine, and the slight backlighting effect is wonderful addition. Great shot, TFS.
photoray (4926) 2012-09-15 17:13
Great image of the gorgeous hummingbird frozen in air with the blue hyacinth, and blurred background, all in vibrant blues and greens, excellent,
karacabeylis (1287) 2012-09-18 7:52
a professional shot indeed, just at that moment.