Photo: The Perfection of a Hummingbird

Close up of a hummingbird hovering

Richard Liebert / Flickr

Our photo of the day is a study in details. Some animals are slow and relaxed and offer good views of themselves ... the hummingbird, not so much. They're tiny, and they dart and flit, making a good, detailed glimpse generally difficult. As we wrote in 16 dazzling facts about hummingbirds, "Hummingbirds can fly up, down and all around – forwards, backwards and even upside down. They can beat their wings in a figure-eight pattern, which makes them the only vertebrates capable of sustained hovering. They can fly 30 mph, and exceed 45 mph during courtship dives." Which is why the camera comes in handy, as can be seen in this wonderful shot by Richard Liebert. We can take a good long look at all that amazing detail! I am particularly smitten with the intricacy of the feathers and of course, those tiny tucked-up feet. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to with "photo of the day" in the subject line.