Did you know that Hummingbirds are among the smallest of birds. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm bee hummingbird weighing less than a U.S. penny (2.5 g). They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans.
Hummingbirds have long lifespans for organisms with such rapid metabolisms. Though many die during their first year of life, especially in the vulnerable period between hatching and leaving the nest (fledging), those that survive may occasionally live a decade or more. Among the better-known North American species, the average lifespan is probably 3 to 5 years.
California-based musician Tracy Johnson is passionate about photographing hummingbirds. For our photographers Johnson shares her best tip:
So the best tip I can give is to learn to be patient. Get a zoom lens 70-300mm and hang out where you’ve seen hummingbirds land in your yard. Hummingbirds are creatures of habit: they prefer particular perches. If you watch carefully you will find their favorite perches. And that’s where you should sit, close to those. Prepare to spend a lot of time just sitting and waiting. The birds will need time to get used to you. Even now, I imagine my birds roll their eyes when they see me coming.
We checked her Instragram out and selected some awesome photos to look at. Enjoy!