Yesterday I was out in the backyard and inexplicably looked up and saw this: A female Anna's Hummingbird quietly sitting on her nest! It was so tiny I honestly don't know how I saw it! I'd say the nest is about the size of a large walnut shell.
I went back into the house to get my camera and when I came out she flew away.
She waited a minute and once she was confident I meant no harm she came back.
She left and returned to her nest twice giving me a chance to play with my camera settings. This image was taken with a fast shutter speed (1/320) but even then she's a blur as she comes in for her landing.
Photographing her was a little tricky because the nest is tucked into the tree a bit so that it's in shade requiring a higher ISO setting.
This image was taken with a slower shutter speed (1/200). It's blurred but in a different way. Aside from the bird moving, the branch was also constantly bouncing to and fro with the wind.
I'm going to get a lot of practice photographing her nest in the coming weeks if she lays eggs!
Of course my curiosity got the better of me and I had to go online to learn how hummingbirds build their nests because her's looked as if she'd spun a web over it to bind it together. Turns out the female uses many components during the building process. The first four of which are visible in this little hummingbird's nest:
• Spider silk - To make the nest elastic to stretch with the growing chicks
• Feathers• Plant down from thistles, dandelions or cattails
• Cotton fibers
• Small bits of bark or leaves
• Fuzz or hairs from leaves
She also added a tiny white flower. So cute!