Montana Outdoors

August 21, 2009

The conductor

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 8:15 am

The conductor

Broad-tailed hummingbird.


  1. Superb capture! The focus is darn near perfect. Very nice work.



    Comment by Jeff Lynch — August 21, 2009 @ 8:28 am

    • Thanks Jeff. The little fellow had enough patience to keep coming back.


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2009 @ 7:39 pm

  2. Amazing how that tiny thing is so finely put together. Lovely.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — August 21, 2009 @ 8:43 am

    • They are incredible little creatures, Bo. In just the last week or so they have let me get quite close and I’ve been loving it. Can’t always get photos though.


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

  3. Absolutely amazing! Now I understand the “broad tail” part of the name.


    Comment by Maureen — August 21, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    • Those tails really catch the light when they flare them. I’m sure it’s an aerodynamics thing, but also a real show!


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  4. A-one, an’ a-two.

    Great pic!


    Comment by Pinhole — August 21, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

    • I could just imagine a tiny orchestra ready to respond to its movement!


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

  5. Wonderful! Wow…I’ve never seen a hummingbird from that angle before. I probably wouldn’t ever…except for through photography! Great job!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — August 21, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

    • They have been letting me get and stay close to them. I felt very fortunate to catch this one with the lens.


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  6. Wow, gorgeous.


    Comment by Jann — August 21, 2009 @ 5:47 pm

  7. Wow! That is one incredible photo. And I can certainly see the conductor. =)


    Comment by kateri — August 21, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

  8. I love the wing action, this is too cool!


    Comment by Candace — August 22, 2009 @ 5:02 am

    • I liked how it came out. It’s not often that you can see their wings.


      Comment by montucky — August 22, 2009 @ 7:44 am

  9. i don’t think i’ve ever seen one… now i have!! very nice shot that shows every little detail.


    Comment by kcjewel — August 22, 2009 @ 7:47 am

    • Thanks Jewel. They’re fascinating little creatures.


      Comment by montucky — August 22, 2009 @ 9:34 am

  10. He looks like he is covered in jewels. Wonderful close-up shot. Great detail, action and colors.


    Comment by Iona — August 23, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    • That’s a good thought, Iona! I like the idea of them being covered in jewels!


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

  11. WOW! this is absolutely AMAZING! how did you capture this shot? very very nice!!


    Comment by silken — August 23, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    • It was just one of those times when timing and focus came together. I was just trying to get some shots at close range with the macro lens.


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

  12. I love it when we can catch a bird in a conductor pose. I did it with Puffins and Razorbills back in June and you’ve got it perfect with a tiny hummer. Very cool!


    Comment by edvatza — August 24, 2009 @ 3:11 am

    • I remember your June photos! I’m with you, I love when we can catch that!


      Comment by montucky — August 24, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

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