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When it comes to birds, the terms “strong” or “beautiful” might inspire images of fierce eagles or decadent tropical parrots.
But both of these birds will certainly find strong contender in hummingbirds, which possess a unique sort of delicate beauty and a mastery of avian maneuvers like no other.
Capturing a photo of a hummingbird in flight with clearly focused wings can be very difficult, as some varieties are capable of beating their wings up to 52 times a second.
This gives them the ability to hover and fly backwards – something that few other birds can do and that none have mastered the way the hummingbird has.