This is a pair of baby hummingbirds that I photographed a few years ago while they were still in the nest. They were just beginning to get their feathers and were gone a few days later.

I noticed a female hummingbird would always fly to a specific tree after visiting the feeder and wondered if she might be nesting there. After a quick check, I spotted the tiny nest in a branch that was probably 10 feet off the ground. It was situated perfectly so that I could lean my ladder against a nearby garage and take photos without disturbing them.

This is one of the favorite photos that I’ve ever taken. I love the way that the picture is focused on the birds while the surrounding foliage is blurred. I have also included an image of the nest and eggs before they hatched. Yes, that’s a toothpick for size comparison.

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot 5.1-Megapixel 3x Optical/2x Digital Zoom Digital Camera (DSC-W1)


Author: Brian

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5 thoughts on “Nestled”

  1. What a superb shot! You are a great nature detective too ;-) All the greens are very vibrant and the fledglings are so sweet (in a British sense; I think it has a slightly different connotation in American).

  2. Hi Brian, yes “sweet” is used in Britain where “cute” would be used in America, in relation to young lovable creatures. If you see the 43 suggestions for sweet on Urban Dictionary, you’ll guess why I was a bit cautious.

    My friends who have looked at your two hummingbirds nestled together think you work for Audubon or National Geographic. How’s that for kudos?

    I especially like the way the one bird is watching you with its beady eye, and its feather stalks are so precisely defined. The out-of-focus leaves frame the fledglings in their nest so well. Fantastic!

  3. I just noticed the toothpick. Good idea. Last year I took a photograph of a bumble bee trying to figure out how to sit on a 50p piece. (That seven-sided coin confused the poor creature. I shall try to find the image …)

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