This gallery contains 5 photos. The local nursery told us that anise hyssop would be great for attracting hummingbirds to the backyard garden. Turns out they were right. Not a day after the first couple of flowers had opened than a female Anna’s hummingbird put in an appearance.
Mrs. H. was a long and diligent pollinator. In fact, she was in the backyard so long that I was able to get some photographs from the second floor, and then go downstairs and outside to get another 40 shots of her in burst mode. She alternated between drinking from the anise hyssop (clearly, her new favourite), and perching on the top of the hybrid plum tree.
She even took a half-hearted peck at the spiderweb on the apple tree in the hope that there bugs ensnared. Photographed on the morning of June 29th — a day that starting out grey, overcast, and pitter pattering before quickly changing over to bright, sunny skies and temperature highs of 24 C just after lunch.
Because she was moving so fast when she was pollinating the anise hyssop (and the background was so “busy”), I took these photos in Shutter Priority Mode (1/1600, ISO 6400) but used manual focusing as the AF could not keep up with all the movements. Sounds counterintuitive, but it worked. 🙂
Unlike most other birds (like the Eurasian Collared Doves, which spook at the sight of a human being), Mrs. H. let me approach to within six inches of her, and kept on sipping while I shot away.