Hummingbird 2.0

After some research, I quickly discovered using the flash to take hummingbird pictures requires a short burst of light (1/5000 - 1/15000 of a second) to freeze the wings and minimize ghosting. Setting my flash to Manual mode, I reduced the power to 1/8. I'd have preferred to go to 1/16, but it was too late in the evening. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is brave, so I moved to the outside of the house - about 8-10 feet away from the feeder. These photographs are looking much better than the first try. Many of the sites recommend multiple flashes, that is an experiment for another day.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Nikon D7000 ISO 800 300mm f/8.0 1/320 sec

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Nikon D7000 ISO 400 500mm f/6.3 1/320 sec

Last shot before bedtime.

Moon ISO 100 600mm f/11 1/250 sec