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My camera does many wonderful things, but it’s just not good enough to capture good quality photos of hummingbirds. It’s one of life’s little compromises. However, I did get a nice pair of photos the other day. This is a very handsome little hummingbird, and I happened to get lucky and catch a frame of it flying away. It’s amazing how fast those wings beat, and amazing how fast they accelerate from a standing stop. These photos were taken at a shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second, and the wings are still a blur!

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