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Exceptional photos capture closeup of hummingbird nest

Hummingbirds are notoriously mysterious birds because of their propensity to be asocial and solitary creatures. Along with those qualities, they also have a number of traits that distinctly make them difficult to keep as pets and get close to, including their unusually small sizes, scale-like plumage and extremely long bills.

That’s why when I saw these extremely close pictures of a hummingbird nest replete with adorable nestlings, I was fascinated. The pictures, posted to, were taken with a Canon 7D camera with a telephoto lens that made the tiny birds look gigantic.

The photos are from last spring, but still reveal some amazing images and high-definition videos that I’d never seen before, like a mother’s interaction with her young.

The next picture really left me in awe. A fly that happened to go near the nest gives an accurate scale of just how tiny these birds are and how much smaller the nest is. The photographer said it was so small, very few people even knew anything was in the tree on that golf course.

If you’re interested in seeing more of these great pictures, and I highly recommend it, check out the hummingbird nest section immediately.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

1 Comment

  1. I love these pictures I have never been lucky enough see these beautiful birds in their nests.
    I do see them sitting on a branch near us when we sit on our deck.
    And some have actually hovered over us and extremely close to our face when sitting still
    Now that to me is very exciting:)
    We have a 7 foot ROSE OF SHARON bush right next to our deck and we can stand close and watch them go from flower to flower:)

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