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“In the animal kingdom, the smallest creatures are usually the most feisty ones.”
During a trip to Ecuador, at a place close to where I was staying, Red Angel Trumpet flowers were in plentiful. Their nectar also happens to be popular amongst hummingbirds. This particular area, however, was guarded by a territorial Collared Inca Hummingbird, who would chase away the visiting Sword-billed Hummingbird. Despite this, the latter would always put up a strong fight, and it was this duel that fascinated me. After using an elaborate flash setup, I spent two days, waiting for the right moment, and eventually, froze this one in time.
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure: 1/250sec at f/16, ISO 400
Hummingbirds are quick and require your undivided attention. This is why you should observe their behaviour and make detailed studies. For instance, Traplining Hummingbirds have a fixed flight plan and feeding pattern. Once you learn their schedule, you can plan your shoot accordingly, without missing a shot.