Hummingbirds - this group of albums highlights the hummingbirds of California and Arizona.
The sky islands in southeastern Arizona are habitat for 12 of the 13 North American hummingbird species. Here the summer monsoons result in a desert bloom that has historically attracted these birds as they stop off along the fall migration routes. In recent times, man-made feeders at local inns, lodges, parks and other areas help to assure the birds’ survival in times of drought, allowing them to be present for us all to appreciate. This is one of my favorite photo projects. It offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the details of flight close-up. These images are of actual hummingbirds feeding on actual indigenous flowers. Note how the flowers, birds and background complement each other. Backgrounds are not ‘photoshopped’ in place. Please note that no hummingbirds were harmed in the shooting of these images. People often wonder if the flash harms or affects the birds. Multiple flashes fire simultaneously to provide the light required for these images, so if a bird were to look directly into a flash it would see only a fraction of the total amount of light. Indeed, many birds do not even flinch during the flash.