Is it easier to wait and shoot hand held, or are most of you set on a support and sort of pre-focused to a specific area, waiting for the HB to go to that spot? I find that the more I move around the less likely they are to hang around me, even sitting just at 8-10' distance with my 200-500...
Most of my hummingbird images are shot hand held but I start by seeing when the birds are active and what flowers, plants or feeders they seem most interested in. If I see the birds repeatedly visiting a particular area I'll set up close to that area and wait. If the birds are active or perching on trees or bushes near the house I'll often shoot out of an open window, that's how the initial image that started this thread was shot with a young hummingbird that perched on our crab apple tree and was there for hours stretching its wings and just hanging out within easy shot of the open window.
For perched shots I'm usually just hand holding as I never know where they'll land and I just try to move slowly to avoid scaring them away. The younger hummingbirds tend to be more tolerant and stay perched longer as I get shots than the adults.
That's how I normally operate but this year the birds have seemed more skittish than ever so the three images I posted yesterday were all shot from an actual photo blind I temporarily set up in the front yard in front of our garden with a variety of flowers and a hummingbird feeder set down near flower level. The lens was mounted on a tripod and framed so the feeder was just outside the edge of the frame and then I waited until the birds fed a bit and then backed out away from the feeder.
Years ago I spent time doing the whole multi-flash thing with feeders hidden behind flowers or sugar water dropped onto flowers with an eyedropper but overall I prefer shooting in soft light and letting the wings blur a bit and it's a heck of a lot easier than dealing with a bunch of flashes and remote triggers and trying to get the background as well as subject lighting right but the flashes do make it easier to light up the bright gorget on the males. We had high clouds and afternoon storms yesterday which is often the kind of light I look for when photographing a wide range of subjects including hummingbirds, it pushes up the ISO but also minimizes hard shadows.
Of course all of this starts with getting birds to come to the yard or taking advantage of natural feeding areas that hummingbirds frequent when out in the field so as soon as things warm up in the spring I hang feeders and keep them stocked with clean sugar water mix until the birds migrate away in the fall. And when out in the field I don't really go chasing after the first hummer I see but if I see a few that seem to be heavily feeding in an area and coming back time and again I might set up to capture some images.