Calliope Hummingbird cleared for lift off

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.


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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. This is a exquisit shot of a beautiful bird, perfect background too, a joy to look at.

  2. Yes, hard to get good photos of hummers; this capture of a female is wonderful. All I see at our feeders are Black-chinned Hummingbirds

  3. Lovely photo, Mia. We’ll be in Utah in August, and plan to make a drive through Bear River. That’s just a “Must Do” for me.

  4. Hummers are tought ones to shoot but this shot is very very nice! You’ll get your chances with them although we’ve not seen as many here as we usually have, I am still hoping they will migrate through these parts and I’ll get some more photo ops.

  5. A lovely background too!

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