Female Black-chinned Hummingbird

Female Black-chinned HummingbirdFemale Black-chinned Hummingbird – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/160, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, near a backyard feeder

Yesterday I saw a female Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) checking out the feeder near my front window and I realized that I haven’t posted any hummingbirds to my blog yet so I decided to post this one that I photographed a few years ago in the backyard.

The hummingbirds here will soon be leaving, I should have spent more time photographing them, I should put that on my list to do next season.

I don’t use flash on birds because of my own personal ethics regarding bird photography so I used a tripod for stability knowing I wasn’t going to get a fast shutter speed with the light that was available.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Unbelievable detail you achieved at 1/160 second Mia! Whenever I visit your blog and see your photographs it inspires me to try to take better photos myself. I am going to personally take it upon myself to remind you next Spring to start your hummingbird collection! Just so I can be green with envy all over again ;-)

  2. The detail and image quality is outstanding, with a lovely background. What a great job at 1/160sec!

  3. Once again I feel spoiled by your marvelous photography. Every feather, and even the angle of the bird’s stance that just palpitates with life. Many thanks.

  4. Wonderful shot! I don’t like using flash either.

  5. Love your photography. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful detail, Mia. Trapped here in the land of only RTHUs, I’m always fascinated by the other species.

  7. Wonderful photo! Hummers are such a delight.

  8. Wonderful Detail Mia.

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