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Rufous Hummingbird, male hovering at milkweed

Posted by
Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 31 August 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Ohio Creek Road
Gunnison County, Colorado July 22, 2012
Colorado, July 2012 series

The gorget of the Rufous Hummingbird can often look brown in different light. This image is almost full frame. The noise level (magnified 1:1) was pretty high (which really affects image quality), but the histogram looked good-it wasn't underexposed. If it hadn't been so noisy, I would have cropped it more. Noise reduction didn't help much, either.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1/1600 second F/5.6 ISO 3200 600 mm

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This photoblog is my nature journal and travelogue. Many of my wildlife images were made in environments impacted by humans. My goal is to feature each animal in a way that allows the viewer to sense the essence of its life in the wild. The purpose of the accompanying narratives is to enhance awareness and appreciation of our natural world, as well as to inspire everyone to protect and care for it.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Très jolie prise de vue, photo magnifique !

31 Aug 2012 6:22am

@Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Isa: Merci beaucoup!

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!!!
so beautiful colors & lights!

31 Aug 2012 7:00am

@omid: Thank you so much for your kind comment, Omid.

Helodie from DINAN, France

beautiful !

31 Aug 2012 7:35am

@Helodie: Thank you Helodie.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Vu la rapidité à laquelle il vole ton image est une merveille. ***** Belle journée.

31 Aug 2012 7:45am

@Tede: Merci Tede!

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Hello Julie, the image quality is very good, given the speed of the beating of the wings. It's great to have such a way. Nice day

31 Aug 2012 8:40am

@Aigleloup: Thank you, Jean-Pierre.

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

such a nice photo
i like it

31 Aug 2012 9:11am

@Soheil: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for your comment.

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Woooooooooow! Hummingbirds can flap their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species), as documented... I don't know how fast is the Rufous species, but the action shot is impressive, breathtaking, superb capture. And light and colors are stunning. Really a wonderful shot for a beautiful and fragile creature

31 Aug 2012 10:01am

@Josep: Hummingbirds are wondrous and amazing little birds. Thank you for your comment and the information.

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Very nice shot, the framing is perfect.

31 Aug 2012 9:52pm

@gerard1948: Thank you for that nice comment, Gerard.

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

A beautiful marvel! Wonderful colors!

1 Sep 2012 12:26am

@Jackie: Thanks, Jackie!

crazy Steve from caln township, Pennsylvania, United States

Julie, I've said this before, but I LOOOOVE your photos. So alive and vibrant!! Thanx for the narrative..something we all forget when posting an image.

1 Sep 2012 2:00am

@crazy Steve: Thank you Steve. Talk about vibrant-your images really pop!

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Amazing...congratulations on color spotlight !!

1 Sep 2012 6:29am

@PRASHANT: Thank you so much, Prashant!

rem_la from Villiers, France

belle prise

1 Sep 2012 6:33am

@rem_la: Merci beaucoup!

Visu...Elle Photography from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I never had the chance to see this bird in reality. Nice capture Julie

1 Sep 2012 7:14am

@Visu...Elle Photography: Thank you very much, Marie.

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations on the color spotlight.

1 Sep 2012 7:27am

@Aubélia: Thank you very much for stopping by to look!

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

1 Sep 2012 8:57am

@omid: Thank you Omid.

Calusarus from ST SORLIN EN VALLOIRE, France

Congratulations for the color spotlight

1 Sep 2012 9:51am

@Calusarus: Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Stunning really deserving of your colour spotlight.

1 Sep 2012 10:44am

@Ainsley: Thank you Ainsley. I appreciate that!

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Félicitations pour le Color Spotlight. Belle journée.

1 Sep 2012 12:51pm

@Tede: Merci!

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful! Congratulations on the Colour Spotlight. Well deserved!

1 Sep 2012 1:48pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you so much, Don. I really appreciate your comment.

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Another great capture ...
Congratulations on the Color Spotlight !!!

1 Sep 2012 2:45pm

@Baldwin VW: Thank you!

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

A very delicate shot captured so nicely! Even at that level ISO the colours look so great! Congrats.

1 Sep 2012 3:12pm

@mohkum: Thank you!

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Perfection in macro, an fabulous moment!

1 Sep 2012 5:56pm

@Olivier: Merci, Olivier!

christine from schoten, Belgium

Congratulations with color spotlight, I hope photo's like this will increase the respect and admiration for nature. Greetings.

1 Sep 2012 7:22pm

@christine: Well said, Christine. That is exactly my intent. I appreciate your comment very much.

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Congratulations on this well deserved spotlight

1 Sep 2012 7:31pm

@Doug: Thank you very much, Doug.

ruthiebear from Titusville,NJ, United States

Congrats on your Spotlight. You deserve it very much! This is another stunning image.

1 Sep 2012 7:51pm

@ruthiebear: Ruthie, I so appreciate your kind comments. Have I thanked you yet for using so many of my images in your Beautiful Birds remix?

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fabulous capture. Congratulations on your CS.

1 Sep 2012 7:53pm

@john4jack: Thank you Jack!

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

wow, wonderfull shot !
this is one of the birds i dream to meet one day !
thanks julie :-))

1 Sep 2012 8:47pm

@☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼: Hopefully you will-it is wonderful to see them in person. Thank you Eric.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wonderful! Just wonderful. It makes me smile.

1 Sep 2012 9:25pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura. That make me happy!

RBL from Oxford, United States

Gorgeous ... congratulations on the spotlight!

1 Sep 2012 11:07pm

@RBL: Thank you so much for stopping by to comment, Ruthie.

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

This is awesome - incredible capture

1 Sep 2012 11:17pm

@Jules: I appreciate that Jules. Thank you!

barry from palm springs, United States


1 Sep 2012 11:42pm

@barry: Thanks, Barry!

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

very nice action shot and composition is about perfect.

2 Sep 2012 5:54am

@Jerry: Thanks for your comment, Jerry.

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

excepcional, un gran fotografía, bravo*****

2 Sep 2012 9:00am

@Melocoton: Gracias!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

You have a wonderful gallery and this image is no exception.

2 Sep 2012 9:37am

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you so much for your comment and for looking at my gallery

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

love it*****

3 Sep 2012 10:56am

@Dimitrios: Thank you very much, Dimitrios.

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire (Loire Valley), France

tout en finesse, tout joli ! bravo Julie.

3 Sep 2012 9:39pm

@Sylvie49 capture image: Merci Sylvie!

Josh from New York, United States

what an amazing capture

6 Sep 2012 10:23pm

@Josh: Thanks so much, Josh!

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Stunning shot. Nicely shows how small they are :-)

9 Sep 2012 10:58am

@Loretta: A belated thank you for your comment, Loretta.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1/1600 second
ISO 3200
600 mm