California based, but Minnesota born, singer Tracy Johnson has a secret. Not only is she an accomplished musician, but hummingbirds find her irresistible. How many times has a hummingbird landed on your hands? The same number of times that you’ve won the lottery? Thought so. But whether it’s her siren song, or the bird feeder in her hands, something about Johnson makes the tiny birds unable to stay away.

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“Hummingbirds are difficult to photograph,” Johnson told Bored Panda. “So the best tip I can give is to learn to be patient. Get a zoom lens 70-300mm and hang out where you’ve seen hummingbirds land in your yard. Hummingbirds are creatures of habit: they prefer particular perches. If you watch carefully you will find their favorite perches. And that’s where you should sit, close to those. Prepare to spend a lot of time just sitting and waiting. The birds will need time to get used to you. Even now, I imagine my birds roll their eyes when they see me coming.”

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“Two years ago I started to have some autoimmune health issues”

“That eventually lead to me being unable to play the guitar or write songs or sing”

“I had based the past ten years of my life around my love and passion for music”

“I knew I needed to find something else to love and immerse myself in”

“I was already doing landscape and night sky photography”

“But I was sitting in the backyard one day just watching the hummingbirds at the feeder”

“I saw what looked like a flash of yellow on the head of one of the Annas Hummingbirds”

“I grabbed my camera and zoom lens and started to snap pictures”

“When I saw the detail in their feathers I was hooked”

“I started hanging out in chairs near the flowering plants they seemed to like the most”

“In essence I became a bird paparazzi”