20 Stunning Hummingbird Photos

About 350 hummingbird species in the Americas, more are discovered every year. Two more hummingbird species have gone extinct since their discovery in the 19th century. Trochilidae is hummingbirds. Leave comments after the images.

A hummingbird zipping sugar-water feeder is lovely. Some of our finest hummingbird photographs come from our readers, like this ruby-throated hummingbird enjoying a rain shower and this Anna’s hummingbird territorially puffing himself out. Like this aloe plant (below), drought-tolerant plants are promoted in Southern California. Fortunately, hummingbirds frequent the aloe blooming beside my driveway. Wildlife and drought-tolerant flora make for a great photo opportunity. (Koji Kanemoto, Long Beach)

A leucistic Anna’s hummingbird visited the UCSC Arboretum’s Australian Garden, roughly 60 miles from my home. I had to drive there to view this unusual hummingbird. I’d heard it was hit or miss, but I got lucky. I watched as the bird flew through the sky and hovered over the petals in front of me. Wow! My heart was pounding. I took as many photos as I could before it sped away! I’ve looked for it many times since. No matter how many times I see it, I am always in awe of its beauty and grateful that it has touched my life. (Sally Rae Kimmel, Lafayette)

Calliope Hummingbird: This male calliope visited our garden in mid-April. In the spring, he would perch on this stick near the feeder. A picture of our crabapple tree in full blossom is on the far left. (Bill Bolster Medical Lake)

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird: She said: While watering the flowers, I watched the hummingbirds splashing around on the wet foliage. I had so much fun watching them that I kept spraying the foliage. Then I went to fetch my camera to start shooting. Ruby-throated Hummingbird youngster basking on gerbera daisy leaves. Mary Ann Bowyer Vesuvius.

My wife wanted hummingbirds in our backyard, so she got this feeder from a local bird store. I was skeptical, but after a week, a hummingbird appeared! Photographing these nimble insects proved difficult. My first photographs were terrible, but I kept trying new techniques and eventually got this shot. Practice makes perfect. (Shepler) (Sylvania)

The sun was peaking through the trees as I sat with my coffee, taking in God’s creation. I wanted to take a picture of my sister’s orchid cactus bloom to email to her. A hummingbird flitted over to inspect the bloom. I captured this fantastic moment with the light beaming on the blossom. (Patrick Henderson Matthews)

I found it odd that the hummingbird circled the bloom but never landed. Then I saw the praying mantis under the blossom. I swiftly relocated the mantis to land securely on the blossom so the hummingbird could land securely. (Michele Carter, Newport)

A female ruby-throated hummingbird waited on a black-eyed Susan until the “water cooler” drama was complete before getting her turn at the feeders. I’ve seen hummingbirds in trees and on feeder perches and poles, but never on a black-eyed Susan. (Jon Montgomery, Du Quoin)

My husband and I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird enjoying the weather on a rainy Saturday morning. It was wonderful to observe this hummingbird poised, happily, neck stretched, head to the sky, clearly enjoying the moment. This was taken from our kitchen window. I love that this little bird was enjoying the rain! (Mary Meyer Eyota)

Female Rufous-Hummingbird: This female rufous hummingbird was always hunting for other rufous and black-chinned hummingbirds in my yard. Her prominent tongue is what makes this photo unique. (Allen Livingston)

In between two sugar-water feeders, I created this hummingbird swing. No hummingbirds came near it until I removed the feeders. When I finally reinstalled the feeders, one young hummingbird took to the swing, declaring himself the boss and chasing away the other hungry hummers. (Idella Pearl Edwards)

Male Costa’s Hummingbird: He’s defending “his” feeder. His competition would land on the feeder, and he would dash out from his hiding place in this Pomegranate Bush, scare them away, and return to the same branch. His tenacity helped me set up my camera, aim, and take several good shots. Carla Ritter Ivins

Last spring, I set up feeders in hopes of finally having a hummingbird-friendly backyard. I received my first guests in a few days, but now I wanted to shoot them. I waited for hours for the ideal shot. The sun was shining through the trees in the neighbor’s backyard on the day I took this photo. A lone male calliope appeared at the feeder and then vanished. But I got it! Tiffany Hansen, Spokane

Territorial Anna’s Hummingbird Male One day, two fought over a spot in my backyard. So there I was, watching a male Anna’s hummingbird balloon up. I was lucky to have my camera with me. (McClure) Vancouver, WA)

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