Ruby-throated Hummingbird

First, before I write anything else, I want to thank each and everyone of you that has given me good wishes and support through my hospital stay and subsequent surgeries.  I am now feeling nearly 100% thanks to the miracle of modern day medicine.  It is hard to believe that it has been only, as of this writing, one week since my last surgery.

Now to get to this post.  I can’t believe my luck.  Anxious to get out of the house finally, I decided to just go sit in the blind at San Angelo State Park.  That was yesterday, and maybe I was feeling just a tad weak, so I opted to just use my Canon 100-400mm lens on my Canon 7D.  I left my big 500mm lens at home.

While we sat there, our patience was rewarded.  I heard a distinctive hum of a hummingbird.  Thinking that is was just another Black-chinned, the predominant hummer of this area, I almost ignored it until I saw it land on a twig in a tree.  Much to my surprise, it was a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, (Archilochus colubris).   It was the first one that I had seen this year.

The light was terrible, as you can see.  This was about 8:30AM, and the bright sun was from the left.  With the help of Photoshop I was able to salvage these two images, even though they are a bit noisy.  On a side note, I read somewhere that hummingbirds spend about 80% of their time perched.  I didn’t know that.  Enjoy the images, and click on either one to see an enlargement.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in bad light.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in bad light.

Now that I am able to get back in the saddle, so to speak, I hope to get back out in another day or two, and get some more images.  It’s great to be alive. 🙂