This was one of my favorite moments in Belize, even though it only lasted about 4 seconds and technically the photo is a miracle (keep reading to understand why and to see settings). I really wanted to see a Long-Billed Hermit Hummingbird on the trip, and this was the only sighting of it the entire week. To set the scene here it was well into dusk and I was late, as usual, to dinner. It was well past the point of being able to do bird photography handheld and I was walking hastily back to my Cabaña to drop off my camera before running to dinner. All of a sudden this guy darted across the boardwalk in front of me, hovered here for a mere second or two and then was gone, back into the dark dense jungle undergrowth. As you know I had my camera with me but I had no idea what mode or settings were active. It turns out the camera was in manual mode, which just happened to have settings that were completely inappropriate for bird, and particularly hummingbird, photography! This was a total point and shoot capture just to get a banker photo and I had no time at all to check or change settings. I am so happy that this image worked out. In reality with these settings a flying hummingbird should be nothing but a blur, even the flowers should be fuzzy from camera shake.
Camera settings (hand held) - 400mm, f5.6, 1/125sec, ISO400
More appropriate settings would have been something like - f5.6 (as wide open as possible), 1/1000 or faster, ISO1500 (in reality I usually use auto ISO when photographing wildlife), oh and a tripod/monopod!
Anyway, all this to say I hope you enjoy my imperfect photo of this beautiful creature.