Almost…….THERE ……. this Ruby-Throated Hummingbird approaches a flowering “Buddleia” or Butterfly bush. I photographed this one in Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. The Ruby-throated hummingbird is by far the most common species that breeds in the eastern half of North America. Ruby-throats are intensely inquisitive and thus easily attracted to feeders, where males in particular typically display aggressive territoriality toward rival hummers, other birds, and even insects such as bees, butterflies, and sphinx moths. They quickly become accustomed to human presence, and will swoop down to investigate red articles of clothing, possibly as potential food sources. Feeders hung at windows attract as many visitors as ones farther from structures, and the bird that claims a feeder as its territory may spend much of the day perched nearby, guarding the food source against intruders.
Canon EOS 1D MK3, EF 300mmF2.8 IS USM L lens, 1/4 x Canon Teleconverter