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Thursday, July 23, 2009

On my ETSY site I named this photo.."Escape Velocity".


When a hummingbird senses danger, it escapes at 60 miles per hour! This picture was taken as our dog approached the bird, not realizing I was standing in it's way, it shot directly at me and the camera. Once taken, I ducked!

If you have had experience with hummingbirds, you have seen them sometimes zoom in and hover right in front of you...both of us standing there for a frozen moment in time facing off each other..first one to move...looses! It always stuns me at first, the sound of the wings making me jump at the thought of an approaching bumble bee.

I try to enjoy these creatures as much as I can during these months and miss them so much after the season.

Dan

19 comments:

septembermom said...

Wow! This is one of my favorites:) I can understand your fascination with hummingbirds. A true miracle of creation.

DawnTreader said...

We don't have hummingbirds in Sweden so I've never seen one in real life. I imagine they can't be easy to photograph. This is a very beautiful picture!

tricia said...

An amazing shot.

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...to be so little and seemingly dainty...these folks are true athletes!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...I had no idea hummingbirds were not in Sweden...thanks for the comment and I learned something!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Tricia and have a great weekend.

Dan

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June Freaking Cleaver said...

Great photo!

I currently have a hummingbird that looks like its trying to fly through the screen door, then it turns and flies off!

I have a plant on the deck that attracts it, I am just surprised when I go to the door, and whoosh, there it is!

Dan Felstead said...

June...I can just see that...they seem to really be interested in what we humans are doing...almost fascinated! Almost "nosey" at times!

Dan

glnroz said...

All your shots are top shelf.

Dan Felstead said...

Glnroz...thanks. Check you blog...I gave my opinion on a 2nd lens for your new camera.

Dan

Highton-Ridley said...

What a fantastic capture, Dan. Well done you to be prepared for when this moment arose.

I really like the noise, it enhances the shot considerably and speaks, like the blur, of the closeness of the encounter. I think it's this that makes the image connect with me.

Really well done! - nice one:)

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Mark...I always appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Dan

Patty said...

I have no comments because this photo left me speechless. But let me compose myself...Stunning. Absolutely stunning.

~She Poet~ said...

Intriguing history, I didn't know they could fly so fast. I saw a documentary on praying mantis, and surprised they can devour a hummingbird. It wasn't pretty. Sorry Dan....but great action shot!

Dan Felstead said...

Patty...thanks...as you know...many times shots are just serendipitous...not planned but these are often the best. I couldn't have planned this one if I tried!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Pura...YUCK! Actually I learned something again...thanks. I can't understand however ...how in the world a mantis could catch one???

Dan

Kelly said...

...a perfect capture of this little fellow. I love them too. Just hearing their squeaky little chatter makes me smile!

Dan Felstead said...

Kelly...thank you...I appreciate the comment from an expert bird photographer!

Dan