Tiny Jewels with Wings

January 15, 2014 at 11:12 am (Big Bend National Park TX, Birds - Big Bend TX, Birds - Texas, fine art photography, Nature, Photography, Southwest Birds, Wildlife) (, , , , , , )

Calliope Hummingbird male detail

Calliope Hummingbird male detail

Most of these hummers were photographed in 2011 in Arizona, New Mexico, and Big Bend National Park in Texas.  I finally got around to making this collection.

Magnificent Hummingbird male

Magnificent Hummingbird male

Magnificent Hummingbird male

Magnificent Hummingbird male

I did have to do a lot of digital enhancements – my Nikon D80 doesn’t have the resolution that the D600 does, nor does it focus as quickly.  I prefer to darken the background and add a digital blur when necessary to minimize hotspots and noise.

Lucifer Hummingbird male, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Lucifer Hummingbird male, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Lucifer Hummingbird female, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Lucifer Hummingbird female, Big Bend National Park, Texas

The iridescent gorget of the male needs the right angle of light to make it show its beauty – otherwise it just looks black.  Females lack the throat patch.

Blue-throated Hummingbird male, Big Bend NP, Texas

Blue-throated Hummingbird male, Big Bend NP, Texas

Black-chinned Hummingbird male

Black-chinned Hummingbird male

Black-chinned Hummingbird male

Black-chinned Hummingbird male

Violet-crowned Hummingbird female

Violet-crowned Hummingbird female

Rufous Hummingbird, immature female

Rufous Hummingbird, immature female

I was at a truck stop in New Mexico when I saw the Rufous Hummingbirds feeding.  They provided some of the best photo opps of any other place I had been.

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Rufous-Hummingbird-immature-female,-NM-(22)-copy

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Rufous Hummingbird, Immature female

Rufous Hummingbird, Immature female

Weren’t they just adorable?

Photos and text copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre

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1 Comment

  1. DesertAbba said,

    A route of evanescence
    With a revolving wheel;
    A resonance of emerald,
    A rush of cochineal;
    And every blossom on the bush
    Adjusts its tumbled head, —
    The mail from Tunis, probably,
    An easy morning’s ride.
    E. Dickinson

    Cindy, you catch Emily’s poetry in motion. Thanks!

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