I've always liked hummingbirds--who wouldn't?--but yesterday they made their way up into my favorite birds of all time.
I'd gone outside to get some pictures of them at the feeder, and was just finishing playing with shutter speed, aperture, and whatnot, when one came--a male. I heard the quick buzzing of his wings, and brought the camera up to my eye, hoping to shoot off an image or two. He sat and drank for a bit, and then zipped upward, and the buzzing of his wings became louder and crystal clear. He hovered literally about 6 inches in front of my face, seemingly just looking at me out of curiosity, and then went back to the feeder for a sip before heading off again. It was absolutely amazing. I can't even put into words how excited I was. I could see every feather on his shining red gorget; he was that close. It was just beautiful. Amazing. Magical.