If you want stunning hummingbird photos head to the magical Madera Canyon in Southeastern Arizona. At any given time, 15 different types of feisty little hummingbirds pass through this mountain oasis.
These little birds have their own magic act. Their speed makes them appear and disappear as fast as Harry Houdini. They can fly forward, backward, side-to-side, straight up and even hover. They are fascinating little creatures.
Our first trip to Madera sprang from Dad’s quest to perfect the art of hummingbird photography. Dad didn’t just want a picture of a hummingbird, he wanted to see every colorful feather and stop the wing action. But the birds’ amazing flight speed, agility and small size made them hard to photograph.
In order to fine-tune his shooting, Dad needed lots of willing hummingbird models. Madera had them by the hundreds. Over the next couple of years we would repeatedly visit the canyon as Dad perfected his technique. During one of our many trips Dad successfully photographed this broad-billed hummingbird getting a sip of nectar at a Mexican cigar bloom.