So I have been enjoying birds since noticing some hummingbirds and others on a hike about a year and a half ago. I've been trying to get photos of as many species as I can and just appreciating seeing a new species when I see one on a hike even if I don't get a picture or have a camera with me. Photographing hummingbirds is hard because they're shy, fly fast as fuck, and don't tend to stay in one place for very long. To get a good picture the shutter speed needs to be at 1/600 at the slowest, so it's hard to get the timing right and get them in a location where they're in enough light to allow for fast shutter speeds, and usually by the time I have the camera ready and in focus they're gone.
So on to the bird. There are three hummingbird species on Saba, and I've been trying to see/record the rare one, the Purple Throated Carib. I went looking for one yesterday and nearly shit myself when there were two lurking around on this shady trail I was on just about the minute I got there. I got a few pics, but it was really shady, and the pictures were poor at best. Then I walked over to a sunny area hoping one might come over, and both did. One pretty much chilled for five minutes sitting on different branches sometimes 5 feet away from me just looking at my girlfriend and I seeming to expect to be admired and photographed. Pretty weird but awesome for a birdfag such as myself.
Here's a screenshot of the brightest, most in focus one I could get where the bird's posture allowed it's throat coloration to be seen.
I've been hoping to get this picture for about a year.