Tracy Johnson has gathered quite the flock of feathered friends. This bird whisper spends at least half an hour every day hanging out in her backyard in Livermore, California, waiting for the local hummingbird crew to gather. Johnson uses handheld hummingbird feeders to get her feathered friends to come closer and then, if opportunity allows, snaps a quick shot before they fly away. She has gotten to know the birds pretty well, even naming the frequent visitors. Her hobby has grown into a gorgeous Instagram account featuring vivid close-ups of her hummingbird posse.
When it comes to capturing photographs of these fast-flyers, timing is everything. Hummingbirds are special for their ability to rapidly beat their wings: they can hover mid-air and quickly accelerate to speeds up to 34 mph (54km/h) because of this trait. Johnson admits that shooting these speedy birds is a bit of a challenge–for every 100 photos only about 15 turn out. Despite this, Johnson maintains one of the most colorful, hummingbird-themed accounts around. Besides her stunning photographs, this hummingbird paparazzo also frequently posts a variety of videos of her friends on her Instagram page.
My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Tracy Johnson.