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15 Photos That Prove Hummingbirds Are Amazing

You have to be quick to capture photos of tiny hummingbirds, but patience pays off with memorable moments.

Ruby-throated hummingbirdCourtesy Robert Kaplan

 Hummingbird Haven

“Every summer I try to get to a local preserve frequented by ruby-throated hummingbirds. It’s a good place to meet other photographers. I saw this lovely hummingbird on a bright sunny day,” says Robert Kaplan of Roslyn Heights, New York. Follow these expert tips for attracting hummingbirds.

Rufous hummingbirdCourtesy Deborah Whiting

Golden Glow

“This rufous hummingbird was aggressively guarding the feeder we had just put out. But he sure was a joy to watch, with his brilliant orange gorget shining in the sunlight,” says Deborah Whiting of Midland, Texas.

Perching hummingbirdCourtesy Jane Miller

Perfect Perch

“I’d been trying to get a picture of a hummingbird sitting on a branch with a nice background for a very long time. I was really excited when this male broad-billed hummingbird perched so close to me,” says Jane Miller of Tucson, Arizona. Here’s what you need to know about hummingbird sugar water.

Hummingbird drinking nectar from flowerCourtesy Jenny Miner

Gardening for Birds

“Some of my best photos are taken right in my backyard. I plant perennials and annuals that specifically draw in the birds and bees. I love this shot of a female ruby-throated hummingbird,” says Jenny Miner of Irma, Wisconsin. Plant these colorful flowers that hummingbirds adore.

Hummingbird rests inside flowering shrubCourtesy Donna Ruiz

Hidden Hummingbird

“As I was hiding behind a weigela shrub, trying to photograph the hummingbirds, I saw this juvenile Anna’s sitting inside of the plant. I felt so fortunate to capture it,” says Donna Ruiz of Cameron Park, California.

Hummingbird sips nectar from salviaCourtesy Linda Minns

Flying Jewel

“I took 30 photos of this beautiful female broad-tailed hummingbird as she sipped nectar from my Cold Hardy Pink salvia. I am blessed to see these flying jewels from about mid-July to the first week of October each year,” says Linda Minns of Goodwell, Oklahoma. Look for broad-tailed hummingbirds in the mountains.

Hummingbird nest with chicksCourtesy Carol Galloway

Hummingbird Nest

“A female broad-tailed hummingbird has nested in the same place in our front yard for three years now. I can watch from our office window as she raises her young,” says Carol Galloway of Centennial, Colorado. Learn interesting facts about hummingbird nests.

Hummingbird in Balboa Park, San Diego, CaliforniaCourtesy Stuart Allison

Nature’s Beauty

“This photograph was taken in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The park has an extensive series of gardens that attract hummingbirds. One spring morning, I came upon this Allen’s hummingbird. These birds quickly move from flower to flower feeding on nectar, but this one seemed to be pausing to take in the beauty that surrounded him,” says Stuart Allison of Coronado, California.

Hummingbird drinks from purple flowersCourtesy Jamie Bartram

Backyard Visitor

“I captured this photo of a female Anna’s hummingbird at a Rockin’ Deep Purple salvia. I live in the Skagit Valley and am usually can photograph Anna’s in my backyard all year,” says Jamie Bartram of Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Learn how to create a hummingbird-friendly plant combo.

Hummingbird flies near rose of Sharon shrubCourtesy Karen Smith

Favorite Flowers

“My favorite birds to photograph are hummingbirds. I’m so glad they love the rose of Sharon bush outside near my deck,” says Karen Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.

Close up photo of a hummingbirdCourtesy Steven Deam

Close Encounter

“While I was sitting in my sunroom, this beautiful ruby-throated hummingbird perched on a limb of a hemlock tree nearby. I happened to have my camera, and I was able to get many wonderful shots,” says Steven Deam of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Hummingbirds in Costa RicaCourtesy Paul Lawson

Costa Rica Hummingbirds

“I went to Costa Rica, where there are around 60 hummingbird species, and I saw more than a dozen during my trip. These are green-crowned brilliants. I’ve since gone to Ecuador and Panama to photograph even more,” says Paul Lawson of New Carlisle, Indiana. Check out jaw-dropping facts about hummingbirds.

Costa's hummingbirdCourtesy Carla Ritter

Fancy Feathers

“We are lucky enough to have Costa’s hummingbirds year-round. Recently, this gorgeous male perched outside our kitchen window every day for about two weeks. As if on cue, he would wait for me to come to the window with my camera,” says Carla Ritter of Ivins, Utah.

Hummingbird with red flowersCourtesy Rhonda Cantu

Migration Majesty

“This female ruby-throated hummingbird sipped the sweet nectar of a red pentas plant. I am blessed to these birds during their fall migration, and I have many plants that attract them,” says Rhonda Cantu of Rockport, Texas. These are the top 10 red flowers that attract hummingbirds.

Leucistic ruby-throated hummingbirdCourtesy Kenny Nations

Rare as a Ruby

“As I was getting ready to go to work, a friend called me and told me a white ruby-throated hummingbird was spotted in a neighboring county. It turned out to be almost completely leucistic, making it even more special!” says Kenny Nations of Heber Springs, Arkansas. Here’s everything you need to know about albinism in birds.

Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She enjoys growing vegetables in containers and raised beds and watching for birds in her backyard.