Hummingbird Photography is Incredibly Hard

Photo by Scott Bourne - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

There’s a part in Brad Pitt’s baseball movie (Moneyball) where he and a scout are trying to convince a third baseman to sign with the team and switch to first base. Brad Pitt’s character gets asked by the prospect, “Isn’t it hard to switch to first?” to which Pitt replies – “Nah it’s not hard.” The scout – a wise man with years of experience and an urge to tell the truth says “It’s incredibly hard.” Well folks, welcome to hummingbird photography. Hands down, the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do with a camera. The creature you see pictured here is an immature Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae.) It’s about two inches long. It can fly backwards and is super fast. While I am sure there are better pictures of this bird out there, I’m relived to have even this shot. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Stick with something easy like eagle photography.

4 thoughts on “Hummingbird Photography is Incredibly Hard

  1. You must be in Southern Arizona. Are you near Sierra Vista? Ramsey Canyon has the most hummingbirds of anywhere in the US.

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