Allen’s Hummingbird

An Allen’s hummingbird rests atop a plant, surveying the area.  Each spring, in February and early March, Allen’s hummingbirds migrate into our area from southern California and Mexico, where they proceed to compete for territories.  This photograph was taken in the UCSC Arboretum in early March.  This hummingbird would alternate between feeding, resting, and chasing other hummingbirds from his territory.  The blurred green background was achieved by arranging the shot by having a group of green trees directly in the background, such that by using a wide aperture, the trees were blurred achieving the soft, green color.

Technical Details: Canon 7D, Canon 500 + 1.4x (700mm), Gitzo tripod with wimberly

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