Calliope Hummingbird about to flyCalliope Hummingbird about to fly – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Two days ago at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge I saw a male Rufous Hummingbird up close which it was my first sighting of them this year.  It made me think of the Calliope and Black-chinned Hummingbirds I photographed last year on Antelope Island State Park as they sipped nectar from the Rocky Mountain Bee plants that can be found there.

I never seem to get caught up processing all of my images but I picked this Calliope Hummingbird image to process and share this morning. The Calliope had been preening and stretching prior to this frame and then it lifted its wings and flew off.

I hope that I will be able to photograph some Rufous Hummingbirds soon because so far my images of them haven’t thrilled me.