2021—A Moment of Calm

The feeding frenzy that surrounded us in Madera Canyon kept the birds in almost constant motion. Hummingbirds have such a high metabolism rate that they must feed almost constantly during the day. They visit feeders or flowers to gather nectar several times every hour. But in between, they take a few moments to rest and watch what’s going on around them. Their need to feed every ten to fifteen minutes makes them predictable and easy to find if you have feeders or favorite blossoms in your garden. Capturing them with your camera is not as easy as finding them, however. When they’re perched like this Broad-billed Hummingbird, they’re a little easier to photograph, at least until they leave to fly to the feeders.