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Hummingbirds, pure vibration, wings a blur, propeller-burring a million beats to keep still, walking with wings on air.

Hummingbirds have this magical quality that you can’t quite describe when they suddenly appear nearby. Feathers like rainbows, small as bees. Most of them, limited in its range and only present in the Americas.

They may seem small and fragile, but there have been recordings of hummingbirds migrating more than 3,000 miles from their nesting grounds in Alaska and Canada to their winter habitat in Mexico.

Costa Rica has 54 recorded species, 4 of them endemic to small parts of the territory. You can find them throughout the country, but, Rainforest areas like Braulio Carrillo National Park, Corcovado National Park, and Arenal Volcano National Park are great places. Higher elevation and Cloudforest areas, like Los Quetzales National Park, San Gerardo de Dota, Monteverde and “Bosque Eterno de los niños” are also excellent places for photography and observation.

Hummingbird photography can be quite challenging

A good tip to know is that Hummingbirds are creatures of habits; they will visit the same flowers several times through the day on their feeding paths, so the chances are that if you see a hummingbird feeding from a flower, it will probably return to the same location a few minutes, or hours later. So have patience and wait for the right moment.

In the meantime, look around, observe, breath.

You can get very creative using several flashes and lighting techniques to freeze the action and stop the time, getting a small glimpse of the lives that these remarkable creatures have.

In a way, maybe something that I understand while watching hummingbirds is that: 

Life isn’t about reaching a destination; it’s more about enjoying the journey

Chris Jimenez – TakeMeToTheWild

“A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening. From flower to flower he flies.
John B. Tabb

Hummingbirds, flying jewels of the Americas

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The photography gear used in this story. Click on the items for more details.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark III


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM


Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Yongnuo YN 560 III

Phottix Strato II Wireless Flash Trigger

Neewer 75″/6 Feet/190CM Photography Light Stands

Mini Ball Heads

Gitzo GT0532 Mountaineer Tripod

MindShift BackLight 26L Backpack

Wimberley WH-200 Wimberley Gimbal Head II


There are several great places in Costa Rica to observe and photograph hummingbirds. This is a nice loop that will take you from the highlands to the lowlands with many photography opportunities.




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