Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Hummingbird Feathers and Angle of Light

The Hummingbird’s feathers are fairly sophisticated. I got interested in learning more about these tiny birds a few years ago while shooting the fall migration at Holiday Beach. Studying their photographs at a higher magnification I noted that the same bird displayed different colours depending on the angle and intensity of the light. After reading [...]

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Where to Photograph Hummingbirds? At Holiday Beach!

Holiday Beach Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada is located near the western tip of Lake Erie, just east of where the Detroit River empties into Lake Erie. In 2000, Holiday Beach received international recognition by being designated as a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA).
So why is Holiday Beach such a good location to observe hummingbirds [...]

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

7 cm, 3 grams, 65 km/h and 70/sec
7 cm long, weighs 3 grams, flies at speeds of 65 km per hour and beats its wings 70 times a second. The Ruby-throated hummingbird, that is. Its heart beats 20 times a second when flying and eats half its weight in sugar every day. The elephant heart [...]

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