Mark started out by taking photos of the birds before moving on to capturing them on film. As he tells Rumble Viral, "They let me get so close that I can actually take handheld stills of them at manual focus with an 18-55mm lens. This inspired me to capture videos of the birds at varying speeds. A hummingbird can flap its wings at 40-80 times per second. The camera records in real time at 30 frames per second... Such a remarkable creature!"
Mark and Annette's hummingbirds seemed to enjoy their finger-perches, but in general many hummingbirds are solitary and can be a bit shy about interacting with humans. If you're curious to get a closer look at the tiny birds, you can check out how to create a perch for observing hummingbirds in your own backyard. It is important to remember to never try to catch a hummingbird, and to always be gentle if a hummingbird chooses to land on you!
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