"Anna's Hummingbird (male)."
Like a golden angel, a male Anna's Hummingird looks you in the eye, beak-to-beak, wings ablur.
Behind the lens.
Hummingbirds are almost always photographed with a long lens in daylight (blurred wings), or with 1 to 9 strobes (motionless wings). I took a different approach, and photographed these wild, free-range hummers with a 105mm macro lens. I wanted a sharp eye, because that's how we connect with animals, and blurred wings, because that's the signature that says "hummingbird."
Anna's HummingbirdbirdmaleJohn Ashley