Anna’s Hummingbird, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada by Barbara Levy.

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This past July, I was getting out very early in the morning just after sunrise to photograph all the beautiful birds around us. And one morning, I was especially captivated by the swallows, who zipped all around me as I stood in the fields in Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park (where I’d photographed Rufous hummingbirds in the foxglove meadow in June), marvelling at all the tiny bright yellow warblers and flycatchers dotting the hawthorne trees. However, it wasn’t until I came back home and was taking a break from editing my photos after lunch that I happened to catch one of our sweet Anna’s hummingbirds, who stay with us year round. I was just coming out onto our deck when I noticed wings beating in the butterfly bush. I went back inside to grab a memory card as mine was still in my computer and snuck out very quietly to see if our hummer was still on the bush (this little girl is shy so I didn’t want to startle her). I got lucky and she stayed for about a minute, letting me get close enough to capture her exquisite iridescent plumage, the deep purple of the flowers and the heart-shaped leaves of our mulberry tree. It’s funny, because that morning, I told myself to just relax and not try to get the perfect shot and to just be grateful for all the birds, who let me take their photos or just let me watch them. Thank you so much to our lovely hummer for giving me the chance to capture this striking portrait of her!

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