Hummingbirds on High

Web Rob Paine Hummingbird

During a recent trip to Deep Creek Lake (MD) I was able to get much closer to some hummingbirds than I had been able to in the past. The birds would buzz the feeders and then retreat to nearby trees. I am in the habit of wearing an bright red Washington Nationals cap and I have been told that could be attracting the birds to me too. (please see below for more text and a second photo)

When I first started photographing hummers I would concentrate on the feeders. Over time I realized that since I was on a porch that was close to the tree tops I could photograph these birds as they rested on the branches slightly above where the feeder is located. Voila! I could get shots like the one shown at the top of this post!

The photo below was taken the same day at the feeder. Both photos were taken with a 70-200 MM lens.

hummer at feeder

If you would like to see a really neat blog post I saw recently on banding hummingbirds, please go to the following link Hummingbird Banding

As always, thanks so much for visiting my blog and have a wonderful day!


  1. Thank you for the shout out! And I love your images. I have the very same species visiting my feeders at home. But as yet, I’ve not gotten any photos as good as yours. I have some tricky lighting to deal with. Bravo on a really nice post.


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