Broadbilled Hummingbird

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 50D
Nearest Area
Madera Canyon
Green Valley
Brief Directions

From Tucson, take I19 south to the Continental exit in Green Valley. Go east about 15 miles to the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon.


Madera Canyon is a birding hot spot just south of Tucson. We saw 5 species of Hummingbirds -- Broad-billed, Broad-tailed, Magnificent, Black-chinned, and Calliope. There was also a hybird that might have been a cross between a Calloipe and one of the others. Most of the shots were with a home-brew flash setup developed by Bruce Taubert, a professional wildlife photographer. Bruce has a PhD in WIldlife Biology and retired from AZ Fish & Game several years ago to pursue his hobby. The flash setup includes 4 Vivitar 285hv flashes, one on a camoflage-painted posterboard background and 3 on the bird - 2 shooting down and 1 shooting up.. If you look at some of the photos, you can see 3 highlights in the eyes made by the flashes. The setup includes a feeder to draw the birds. Some of the shots are of the birds at the feeder. They will fly in and back off periodically. That's when you can get the "poses." Other times, we replaced the feeder with a flower and put a drop of sugar water in to get them to feed.


Photo from an Arizona Highways Photography WOrkshop on Hummingbirds at Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon, AZ.

Date Added
May 28, 2011
Date Taken
May 28, 2011

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