Hummingbirds are special because this species can hover mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings. Hummingbirds are also able to reach a peak speed of 34 mph! Due to their speed, photographing these birds is a big challenge for photographer, but this never stopped Tracy Johnson.
Johnson, also known as the bird whisperer, spends at least half an hour every day hanging out in her backyard in Livermore, California, taking photos of these stunning birds. She says for every 100 photos she takes, only about 15 turn out well.
Despite the challenge, Johnson has one of the most gorgeous Instagram pages dedicated to photos of this incredible bird. Johnson says she uses a handheld hummingbird feeder to get her feathered friends to come closer and then snaps a quick photo before they fly away. Over the years, Johnson has gotten to know the birds pretty well, even naming the frequent visitors.
With that said, here are 13 more gorgeous close-up photos of this magnificent bird.
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