I keep a Hummingbird feeder out in my yard during the summer. This Ruby-throated Hummingbird is one of the many that shows up.

As a Photographer, capturing the beauty of nature is always a thrilling experience. And one of the most fascinating creatures to photograph is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. These tiny birds are known for their iridescent feathers, brilliant emerald green backs, and, of course, their signature ruby-red throat.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird At My Feeder

Ruby-throated Hummingbird At My Feeder

If you’re lucky enough to have a hummingbird feeder in your yard, then you have the perfect opportunity to photograph these incredible birds up close and personal. Here are some tips to help you capture the beauty of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird at your feeder.

  1. Patience is key: Hummingbirds are quick and can be skittish, so patience is essential when trying to get the perfect shot. 

  2. Use a fast lens: Hummingbirds are in constant motion, so you’ll need a fast lens (one with a wide aperture) to capture their movement and freeze the action. A telephoto lens is also helpful for getting up close shots.

  3. Experiment with shutter speed: To capture the bird’s wings in motion, try adjusting your shutter speed. A slower shutter speed will result in a blurred image, giving the impression of motion.

  4. Pay attention to lighting: Good lighting is essential for any photograph. Make sure the light source is behind you, illuminating the bird and bringing out the vibrant colors of its feathers.

  5. Try different angles: Experiment with different angles and perspectives to find the shot that works best for you. Get low to the ground, or try shooting from above to get a unique perspective.

In conclusion, capturing the beauty of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird at your feeder can be a rewarding experience. With a little patience, the right equipment, and a willingness to experiment, you can take stunning photos that showcase the beauty and grace of these incredible birds. Happy shooting!

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS


I had my camera and lens on a tripod using a Wimberley Gimble Head.

  • Location: Arkansas
  • Date & Time Taken: August 10, 2012 (08:29:54 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f4.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 640
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm