Shown in sequence, all happening within fifteen seconds.
I believe it’s a black-throated hummingbird.
This female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (our best guess) was captured after I spent a few days experimenting with my camera (nothing fancy, just a little, 10-year old Sony digital) on a tripod.
After a few days of failure, I had everything set up, aimed just so at the flowers, so when she appeared, I slipped stealthily but quickly to the camera, turned it on, powered the zoom, and clicked away. Out of ten shots, I got these:
Ready to plunge in…