With a much colder climate, I have to rely on just a few early bloomers to attract the early hummingbirds. The Bluebird Clematis pushes out flowers very early and it's one that attracts the hummers with its masses of light purple flowers. They hang slightly downward which makes it a bit more difficult for the hummingbirds to feed from, but makes for great pictures. A few different hummingbirds would periodically show up to feed from each new flower. They bounced around so quickly that the point and shoot option was out. I had to focus on a flower in the direction they would head and snap the second they'd arrived. After getting so many pictures of hummingbirds feeding downward into a flower, it was great to capture some feeding upward into the blooms.
This was a late summer capture, as the Bluebird Clematis usually pushes out a second bloom later in the season, but far less dramatic.
Juvenile Ruby-throat. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. August 7, 2018.
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