Hummingbirds are one of nature's many wonders, with their freaky flying abilities and jewel-like colours. They are difficult to photograph close up, but on a recent trip to Bosque De Paz, a 3,000 acre private biological reserve in Costa Rica, photographer Chris Morgan was able to accomplish this feat of superhuman patience, snapping macro shots of a tiny Green Crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) hummingbird.
The hummingbirds were so tempting to photograph to the point of madness! Eventually with patience you get quite close, and I love seeing the details of these little guys.
Here's Morgan's shot of a Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus), shot in the rain:
You can get an idea of how hard it is to photograph these zippy little creatures, according to Jaymi's post:
The average flight speed for a hummingbird is 25-30 mph. Some can dive at speeds reaching 60 mph. It all comes with the speed at which they can flap their wings. The a medium-sized hummingbird can beat its wings 20-30 times per second, or between 1200-1800 times a minute!
Hummingbirds have another interesting aspect, says Morgan:
Two Fiery-throated Hummingbirds face off in Costa Rica. (Panterpe insignis) The amazing thing about these is that the iridescence is so angle specific. They turn a few degrees left or right and the colours vanish.