2020—It’s Bath Time

Hummingbirds love to bathe. Of all the birds that bathe in my fountains, the hummingbirds seem to be the most enthusiastic bathers. And they start to bathe very early in their lives. This is a juvenile male Anna’s Hummingbird who was at the edge of the fountain flitting in and out of the stream when I walked outside to clip some chives. I didn’t see him until I was just a few feet away and he just kept flitting in and out of the water not concerned with my presence. I got the impression he was pretty used to bathing there. I retrieved my camera from the kitchen table and walked slowly toward him. He allowed me to move within minimum focusing distance of the Nikkor 300mm PF lens which is just under five feet and because I was using the crop sensor D500 and had my 1.4X teleconverter attached so I had a 600mm reach. His developing gorget glows magenta in the last image. I love these little guys.

Nikon D500, Nikkor 300mm PF, Nikon TC-14EIII.