Small birds are dagnabbedly difficult to photograph; hummingbirds are quintessentially small birds. Talk about your zoom zoom.
Hummingbirds are also tricky to identify:
- Being small, their distinguishing and/or differentiating characteristics are even smaller
- Being fast, they often don’t stay put for long enough for slow eyes to even note those tiny characteristics
So I’m always thrilled when I get a reasonably sharp photo of a hummer. “Ah hah!” I think, “I’ll be able to identify the species later.” I don’t know if pride goeth before a fall, but misplaced confidence often seems to.
Herewith, a lovely little hummingbird who obligingly stayed put long enough for me to get a reasonably sharp picture. But which species? Dunno. I’m not sharp enough for that . . .