This gallery contains 3 photos. Well, I finally got a few halfway decent photos of Anna’s hummingbirds. Not in my backyard garden, but at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, 3 days ago. The first photo was an “extrapolate-the-area-and-hope-for-the-best” shot (and the only one where this flying jewel was almost at eye level).
The metallic, scratchy song of the male Anna’s hummingbird was a great auditory locator, but the female was harder to spot as she gathered materials for her nest and hunted for insects on trees. This second photo shows a male perching on a flowering plum tree. With his iridescent green back feathers, he looks like a sweat bee.
Photographing hummingbirds, which rarely stay still in one place for more than a couple of seconds, is difficult. We had quite a few blurs and silhouettes, even in Shutter Priority Mode. There are a number of Anna’s hummingbirds that call VanDusen Botanical Garden home. This female is drinking nectar from a red flowering currant (Ribes Sanguineum) hedge. A thing of beauty among another thing of beauty!
There are many flowers, trees, and bushes for the hummingbirds to sip from at VanDusen, and a couple of artificial nectar feeders situated near the Living Building Visitor Centre, which houses a seed and plant shop, educational exhibits, the Truffles cafe, and the Shaughnessy restaurant.