Nature Blows My Mind! Macro photographs of brilliant hummingbirds

Chris Morgan
© Chris Morgan

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.

Morgan says:

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:

Chris Morgan© Chris Morgan

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.

Chris Morgan© Chris Morgan

We can't get enough of these miniature marvels; see them in action in this video, and there's more birds to see at Chris Morgan's Flickr page and website.

Nature Blows My Mind! Macro photographs of brilliant hummingbirds
These images reveal the beautiful details of this remarkable bird.

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