Hummingbird in the Rain, California, 2015 2656321AP

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  • In Prints: Print
  • Subject Type: Signed

A hummingbird perches beneath artificial rain.

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Hummingbird in the Rain: Artist Proof

Anand Varma

"This photograph of a male Anna's Hummingbird was taken in Robert Dudley's research laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dudley is interested in understanding how hummingbirds are able to do the remarkable things they do, such as hover, fly backwards, and flap their wings over 100 times per second. 

Hummingbirds often brave downpours to gather nectar. This particular experiment uses an artificial rain machine to study how hummingbirds dry themselves off.  This Anna’s hummingbird shakes off rain as a wet dog does, with an oscillation of its head and body. Each twist lasts four-hundredths of a second and subjects the bird’s head to 34 times the force of gravity. Even more remarkable: Hummingbirds can do this in flight as well as when perched."

Publication History:

Shot on Assignment for “Flight School,” National Geographic, July 2017

Thanks to custom-made cameras, National Geographic's 10th hummingbird story shows the bird like it's never been seen before. Using a 4K camera that is capable of capturing the bird at 3,000 frames per second, Varma captured the quick and intricate movement of the world's smallest birds. 

Additional Information:

Location: University of California, Berkeley

Capture Date: 2015

Medium: Chromogenic Print

Edition: 10

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