A Female Black-chinned Hummingbird and a Bee Plant

Female Black-chinned Hummingbird feedingFemale Black-chinned Hummingbird feeding – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited and not a set up

The patch of Rocky Mountain Bee Plant where I photographed migrating hummingbirds last summer is very sparse this year but I was able to capture a few images of a Black-chinned Hummingbird female in the area yesterday. Hummingbirds pollenate as they sip nectar from plants and if you look closely you can see two more insects in this frame with the hummingbird, a long yellowish beetle and there is another insect at the tip of her bill hidden by the flowers.

Black-chinned Hummingbird hovering at Rocky Mountain Bee PlantBlack-chinned Hummingbird hovering at Rocky Mountain Bee Plant – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited and not a set up

The brief appearance of this Black-chinned Hummingbird delighted me yesterday as she fed on the Rocky Mountain Bee Plant.

The hummingbirds are on the move as they begin their migration to warmer climes and before too long they will be gone leaving me longing for next spring when they return. Each one I have seen, heard or photographed has delighted me this summer, they are such amazing little birds.


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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. I never tire of them either, Mia. The black-chinned hummingbirds are all I see at my two backyard feeders and I too will miss them when they’ve gone.

  2. Hello Mia, lovely captures of the hummer. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Humming Bird Lover

    Love these photo’s!! I told my friend Wanda it is going to be a early fall here a couple weeks ago!
    Today the hummers are coming every 5 to 10 minutes here in Virginia!
    They said on the News today! A early fall and a hard winter! Oh well Ha ha!

  4. Oooh. And ahhhh. Thank you.

  5. I tried baiting a hummingbird…I tried shiners, worms (plastic and real),, Rapaka lures, handt-tied flies, Dare devils, spinners and spoons. Nothing worked. What did I do wrong???

  6. I love it when a hummer is photographed at a flower of their choosing! Goes along with your ” unbaited not called in” philosophy!

  7. I love these images! The combination of this tiny jewel- like bird and that spidery plantis wondeful…

  8. Beautiful captures!!

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