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How to get Images of Hummers Perched

Here’s a quick set-up to get Hummingbirds on a nice perch.

First, remove the plastic perch from your hummingbird feeder so the bird has to fly to feed.
Then remove the plastic gaurd, leaving the small spout.
Find an attractive perch and set it up next to the feeder.
The Hummingbird should land on the perch to feed.
I then clone out what part of the feeder is showing in the final image.

4 Responses to “How to get Images of Hummers Perched”

  1. doina russu Says:


    I came here reading the articles of NatureScape.
    I am very, very impressed with your work!
    Thanks very much for the wonderful pictures and especially for the “tricks” used! I feel that I “rediscovered hot water” !:)
    The first thing I do is to make sure that the background and my images will be accurate as I wish, I did not know this trick, – to put a poster for the background!
    Congratulations for all your work, all my appreciation!
    Too bad that a distance between us is so great, I have come to a workshop with great interest!
    Greetings from Romania!
    (Sorry for my English!)

  2. Antonio Mario Magalhaes Says:

    Dear Alan,

    I just came to your nice blog through A. Morris’ newsletters. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. The blog on getting birds perching close but not on barbwires was great.

    On the barbwire blog, I totally agreed w/ your comment on avoiding the barbwires in shots. However, in this case here, of shooting hummers with the help of feeders, I’m not so sure I agree w/ you (and this is a comment, of course). Aren’t we cheating somewhat (again, having your own comment on the barbwire situation in mind) and setting up a ‘non-natural’ environment?

    I shoot hummers on our backyard (sorry I haven’t setup a photo website yet; the one I entered in the field above is where I work professionally). As you surely know, that’s a lot tougher. I consider that having them approaching a plant to feed would be somewhat closer to their habitat.

    Anyway, it’s not a simple question and probably it doesn’t have a simple answer.

    Thanks for your blog,


  3. Alan Says:

    Hey Antonio,

    It’s a great question. Thanks for asking it.

    Everyone has different tolerances for what is acceptable when it comes to digital photography. My view on it is this: If man introduces an elemant into a photograph in the filed, then man can take the elemant out of the photograph in post processing. Especially if that was the plan before the set up was done. I hope that helps. I also believe that some wonderful wildlife photography can be done by good planning and luck, but most of the fantastic wildlife images have some elemant of control to them.



  4. Carolyn Ohl-Johnson Says:

    Hi, Alan,

    I love photographing hummers more than any other bird and I have been cloning out the feeders on occasion. But I love the idea of putting a natural perch near the feeder and can’t wait to practice that. Thanks for the tip. I’m totally in favor of improving a photo as long as the integrity of the bird isn’t altered. It ’s about the beauty and the bird to me. If removing an awkward branch from the background improves the esthetics of the photo, why not do it? Same with a feeder. While feeding at flowers is nice, there is something wonderful about a perched hummer shot, in my opinion. To me, cheating would be altering the color of the bird, adding or removing a crest, etc. But making the background more pleasing is not cheating. If a person couldn’t do any manipulating (ie setups) they would miss some gorgeous photo ops.

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