Here is some spectacular HD footage of a female Allen's Hummingbird feeding... At times the wing beats are in perfect sync with the high-speed shutter, giving the illusion that the wings are stopped! A female Anna's Hummingbird also makes an appearence...
Filmed on 3-6-2009, just as Spring begins and the seasonal/migratory species begin their return to the area. This footage was filmed with a Canon HF100 HD camcorder, with 1/2000 sec. shutter speed, 1080p, 30fps. The footage was then slowed-down to 1/4 speed, giving an effective frame rate of 7.5fps.
The first bird shown is a female Allen's Hummingbird, and has a faster wingbeat than the Anna's hummingbird (2nd bird show). At times the wingbeats were a perfect multiple of 30, so the camera's shutter froze the wings in roughly the same prosition in the wingstroke cycle for several frames in a row - giving the illusion that the wings had actually stopped moving for short periods of time. Notice the bird is swallowing and looking around while she seems to hang there otherwise motionless. Really cool effect!
Also note that the weird wing bending and alternating wingstrokes "swimming" flight is an illusion created by the rolling shutter and CCD scan rate used by this camcorder model. In reality, the wings really do flap in parallel as one would expect, which can be seen in the last half of Slow Motion Hummingbirds 5 and later (6, 7, 8, etc.), where a Casio EX-F1 high speed camera is used... (links below)
Enjoy the show! :-)
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