Calliope Hummingbird cleared for lift off

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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.



  1. Kim July 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

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

  2. Utahbooklover July 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    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. Elephant's Child July 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm


  4. Montanagirl July 17, 2014 at 8:08 am

    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.

  5. Sarah Mayhew July 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Very sweet!

  6. Sherry in MT July 17, 2014 at 7:46 am

    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.

  7. Beverly Everson July 17, 2014 at 7:10 am


  8. Bev Danis July 17, 2014 at 6:17 am

    A lovely background too!

  9. judy watson July 17, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Just beautiful1

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