Readers’ wildlife photos

September 25, 2021 • 8:00 am

We have a passel of hummingbird photos from reader Emilio d’Alise, which I’ll spread out over several posts. His notes and IDs are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

I lived in Colorado for 11 years and Colorado has eight species of hummingbirds, but during my time there, I’ve only been able to capture photos of three species (the ones that came to feeders I had up):

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufus Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

The photos I sent are a sampling from this 2012 blog post, and the SmugMug Gallery for that post is at this LINK. Anyone interested in the technical aspects of the photos (ISO, shutter speed, f-stop, etc) can find it by clicking on the “i” icon in SmugMug.

All of the photos were shot by me on my deck, often just a few feet from the birds. Almost all the photos are cropped for composition and to isolate the subject. In Colorado, I has something like twelve feeders around the house and went through about 25 to 30 pounds of sugar per season, all the more impressive because it’s a short season (they get there in late May and by mid-to-late September, they’re all pretty much gone).

Today we’ll look at one species, the Broad-tailed hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus).

11 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Thanks. Really amazing color. We have but one species in our southeastern Virginia backyard, and they lack a lot of color….though they make up for that with very engaging personalities!

  2. Great shots! Dazzling. I saw my first Anna’s hummingbird this year, but it didn’t hang out long enough to get a photo. Typical.

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