"Anna's Hummingbird (female)."
Scallop-shaped feathers cover the head and neck of a female Anna's Hummingbird.
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 Anna's 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 HummingbirdbirdJohn Ashley