Female Black-chinned Hummingbird

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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.



  1. Larry Jordan August 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    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 😉

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Larry, I look forward to you reminding me to expand my hummingbird image collection! You are very kind, thanks for commenting.

  2. Julie Brown August 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Thank you Julie, I would never have been able to get this image without using my tripod. It pays to have a solid one I can lock down when I need it.

  3. Nicole MacP August 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm


  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales August 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Thank you for your very kind words Merrill, I am humbled.

  5. Scott Simmons August 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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

  6. Bob Bushell August 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    That’s a beauty.

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you Bob, she is a beautiful bird.

  7. Ilze Long August 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Love your photography. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you Ilze, I think I have some fantastic subjects.

  8. Tami Vogel August 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

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

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Tami, I remember being wistful about seeing hummingbird species other than the Ruby-throated when I lived back east too.

  9. threecollie August 30, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Wonderful photo! Hummers are such a delight.

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks threecollie, hummers are delightful.

  10. Stu August 30, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Wonderful Detail Mia.

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