Hummingbird Nest at the Office

by Kristi Hines · Arizona, Scottsdale


You can find beauty everywhere, even on your way to work. One lucky morning, I stumbled upon a hummingbird’s nest in the trees right outside my office doors. I got to watch the journey from when these birds were only eggs in the nest to the day that they flew off to start building nests of their own. A truly wonderful bird-watching experience that happened in an otherwise mundane place.

Baby Hummingbirds

Camera: Fuji FinePix S5100 (retired)
Details: Shot at 5.7mm, 1/150s – F2.8, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3


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Mari Smith

Totally precious pic, Kristi! Wow, the detail is stunning!!!

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Kristi Hines

Thanks Mari! :) The nest was at eye level, and fortunately they didn’t seem to mind me sneaking my camera lens within a certain distance. I think after a bit, they just got used to me being a part of their little nursery. It’s probably silly, but I have always felt like they both waited to see me one last time (which happened to be on a Saturday on my day off) before they left the nest for good. I still get teary-eyed thinking about it, but it was a wonderful experience.

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Peter Liu

Beautiful capture! And great timing. I’ll bet they didn’t hang around long like that.
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Kristi Hines

Amazingly, I got to watch these hummingbirds from when they hatched to the day they flew off. It was an awesome experience!

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Pat

Fantastic detail in this photo! Aren’t they adorable little birds?
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Pat. Yes, they are adorable. I have always liked seeing birds, but watching these two grow up made me fall in love with bird watching.

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Jean

Oh how I would love to find an active Hummer nest. Love the wonderful capture!
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Kristi Hines

It was purely luck that I found it Jean. I went outside to photograph flowers originally, then stumbled upon this discovery. :)

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Pat Ulrich

This is stunning! They are so lovely, and great details!

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Kristi Hines

Thanks Pat! :)

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springman

This photo is jaw dropping brilliant. Thanks for sharing your amazing experience! Bravo!

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Kristi Hines

You’re welcome Springman. :)

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Mike B.

Stunning. We have lots of hummingbirds here, but I’m yet to see a nest.

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Kristi Hines

I see the occasional hummingbird, but it was a rare treat to find a nest at eye level. I haven’t had the same luck since, but I’m always on the lookout.

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Ryan Ankeny

So cute! They look like they are almost big enough to fly in this pic.
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Kristi Hines

This picture was taken a few days before they flew out of their nest for the final time Ryan. :)

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Dian Miller

GREAT, Stunning and Perfect lighting, focus.
I am jealous, we only get Ruby thoated out here.

Dian Miller

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Kristi Hines

Thanks Dian! I’ve seen a few different varieties out here, but this is the closest I’ve gotten to photographing them so far. :)

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Larry Jordan

Beautiful photo Kristi and what a great experience! I have lots of hummers at my feeders and have been looking for a nest to photograph for a few years now. A friend showed me where one was last week but it appears that it may be abandoned. She hasn’t seen the mother there for a week now :(

Their nests are so small and so well camouflaged it’s not easy to find one of these beauties but I’m sure I will someday. The females have been taking nesting material from around my back porch so I know they’re nesting nearby. I love watching them and photographing them is a challenge well rewarded.

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Kristi Hines

I thought my hummingbirds were abandoned at first too Larry. Then I noticed the mother in the tree nearby, always watching me photo her nest. After a bit, I finally started catching her in the nest with the eggs. Then it seemed like she got used to me and my camera. :)

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Bill S.

That picture is unreal. Great experience to find them at work. Wonderful post. Congrats.
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Kristi Hines

It definitely made coming to work each day a lot more exciting. :)

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andrew fulton

Beautiful birds . Thanks for for sharing.
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Kristi Hines

You’re welcome Andrew. I really enjoyed getting the chance to get so close to them! :)

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Dan Creighton

What a great find and capture. Love it.
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