2023—Black-Chinned Hummer

The little male Black-chinned Hummingbird visited the feeders at Madera Canyon often but the feeders were usually dominated by the jewel-like Broad-billed Hummingbirds. Because we already had so many shots (but there’s always room for one more, right?!) of the Broad-bills, we were always on the lookout for the hummer species that came one at a time, not in a swarm like the Broad-bills. The first person to spot one of the more elusive hummers called out the species to alert everyone. When the Black-chinned arrived, it always seemed as if from my perspective, the little hummer was behind a feeder or too far away. One day he arrived and I had a clear view but he was a bit too far away so I switched on DX crop so he would be a bit larger in the frame. Suddenly he flew directly in front of me so he filled the frame and seemed almost too close. He didn’t turn enough to light up his purple gorget but there is a little touch of purple. This is my favorite Black-chinned Hummingbird shot from Madera Canyon this year.

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