It is difficult to see how a hummingbird moves as it flies.
And how does slow motion compare to what we see in real life?
While making Hover: Hummingbirds in the United States, we realized that we wanted to find out. So we recorded a hummingbird in slow motion and in regular video at the same time.
Hummingbird in Real Time Versus Slow Motion
This video shows 1.5 seconds in real time of a Black-chinned Hummingbird visiting a feeder. The slow motion video is 10 times longer. It takes 15 seconds to play back the exact same 1.5 second visit.
Now we can see how the hummingbird moves as it hovers, turns, and flies off.
For those who might be interested, the real time video was recorded at 30 frames per second. The slow motion video was recorded at 300 frames per second.
This slow motion video is included in the digital book, Hover: Hummingbirds in the United States.
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