Hummingbird Close Ups

I was not getting any closer to a Hummingbird than these. I did have a long lens, 500mm,  but I had it back almost halfway to be sure I could focus fast.

Hummingbird Connecticut
Hummingbird Connecticut

These were taken from the porch of the barn / office at Bent Of The River Audubon Center. Unfortunately part of the building had the traditional red paint.

Hummingbird Connecticut
Hummingbird Connecticut

To get this close and clear I was forced to use a feeder as the focal point. I shot at 1/2000 which is slow for these birds. However faster speed (1/4000) brings some grainy (noise) background even with this new equipment.

Hummingbird Connecticut
Hummingbird Connecticut
Hummingbird Connecticut
Hummingbird Connecticut

We did move away to another spot and EJ captured unbelievable photos of many resting in nearby branches. I caught some in flight and other interesting poses that will be posted later.