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Hummingbirds

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First Place - Birds - Amateur, National Wildlife Awards

HUMMINGBIRDS

Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada

by Steve Irving

San Jose, California, USA

“Three species of hummingbirds migrate through this region each spring and several feeders are set up to attract them. At dusk, multiple birds commonly come to feed simultaneously. Females tolerate each other, but males are very aggressive and this one is chasing a female away. I used five flashes to light this image and freeze the action which was taken against a painted background: two remote key flashes, two remote fill flashes, and a belly flash attached to camera.”

Nikon D2X; 70-200mm; digital capture.

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