Hummingbirds – Flying Jewels
Hummingbirds are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. It also very challenging and a good mix of several techniques, including multi-flash photography is necessary to successfully do it.
Hummingbirds are specialized nectarivores and are tied to the ornithophilous flowers upon which they feed. Some species, especially those with unusual bill shapes such as the sword-billed hummingbird and the sicklebills, are co-evolved with a small number of flower species.
Many plants pollinated by hummingbirds produce flowers in shades of red, orange, and bright pink, though the birds will take nectar from flowers of other colors as well.
There are several places to photograph hummingbirds in Costa Rica, I especially like the cloud forest and the lowlands like Braulio Carillo and Sarapiqui because there is a lot of variety in those areas.