They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing flapping rates, typically around 50 times per second, but possibly as high as 200 times per second, allowing them also to fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph), backwards or upside down.(From Wikipedia)
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holmertz (57497) 2014-08-25 7:24
An elegant and interesting composition which owes a lot to the black background. The effect of the green and blue bird hovering above the red bowl (?) is quite refined and dramatic.
rychem (40810) 2014-08-25 8:38
Beautifully caught, very nice photo of this little hummingbird, is seems the bird hasn't any wings, interesting black BG
abmdsudi (57168) 2014-08-26 8:38
A fine image of this little wonder at a pretty popular feeding station to replenish on fuel. It just amazes me with the amount of wingbeats per second that this industrious guy has to generate as he needs all the energy he can get just staying afloat. You are spot on target, darker bg enhances the colour contrast so stunningly but just wonder how much this little hummingbird can drink in one day. Whatever it is, that is quite a feat capturing this at one click. Very well done Elue. Fabs, Congrats, tfs