In most of my shots of hummingbirds in flight, the feet are tucked up close to the body. I liked this one for the widely splayed toes, and the sense of anticipation they create.
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Is the completely plain background a disadvantage?
D500. Sigma 300mm. 1/1500 @ f/8. 560 ISO
I also like the position of the feet. They are cute little things.
You asked about the background. I don’t think the background helps the image, but it doesn’t break it either. Of bigger concern is the head/eye is not sharp. The top of the tail is sharp, 1/500 is just not enough shutter for hummingbirds. Don’t know what 300mm you were using but I’d never shoot at f/8 for hummers. You just don’t need the DOF and I’d at least double the ISO.
With todays software a 1/3000 and 1120 ISO should not be a problem. My only comment would be to open up the frame some. I can live with the head being a little soft. The Hummingbird has great color and the feet are cool.