The past several summers I’ve visited Madera Canyon in Arizona to photograph hummingbirds, one of my favorite birds. At Madera Canyon we have the opportunity to photograph quite a few different species of hummers and occasionally, we’ve seen a Violet-crowned hummingbird there. But until we visited Patagonia, about twenty miles south of Madera Canyon, I had never photographed a Violet-crowned hummingbird. At the Nature Conservancy Preserve visitor center in Patagonia we had one very cooperative Violet-crowned hummer. He stayed with us all afternoon. We had a severe thunderstorm while we were there under the protection of the center’s canopy. Much of the afternoon, this hummer chose one of the metal perches with some protection from the overhang of the roof.

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