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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 10:08 AM
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Hummers! (dial-up beware)
Edited on Sat Mar-01-08 10:09 AM by Maestro
And not the gas guzzling type! :) I can't remember if I have posted these here. I know that the photography has seen these, but I am not sure about the Lounge. If you have seen them, I'm sorry for the repeat. If not, enjoy.

These ruby throated hummingbirds were all shot in my backyard either in spring or late summer.

















And we will end with a feeder shot. I hope you enjoyed these pics as much as I did taking them. I'd like to work on getting a nice set-up for them this spring.

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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 10:30 AM
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1. they're incredible!
Your picks are always amazing. These little guys are beautiful, it must take a lot of patience to get such clear shots of them.
I'm gonna try again this year to get some hummers' attention with my feeders.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 12:39 PM
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6. Thanks again stuntcat
As far as patience, well, I suppose it takes a tad, but I really just turn on my ninja mode and sneak up on them. ;) A long lens and a lot of cropping helps too. :)
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 10:51 AM
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2. my most favorite bird!!!!
:bounce:

thanks!!!

lost

Hypnotoad has some incredible hummingbird shots to.....

I have tried and failed.... :(


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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 12:53 PM
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7. I'm glad I could oblige
and I have seen Hypnotoad's and they are good as well. Thanks.
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 11:48 AM
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3. Don't you hate it when one of those tries to parallel park
Edited on Sat Mar-01-08 11:48 AM by DarkTirade
and ends up taking up half the branch?

Oh wait... wrong kind of hummer. :P
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 03:11 PM
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10. Actually, these little guys are quite mean
to each other and if one tried tried to butt in on another one's branch, there'd be some fighing. So one hummer taking up an entire branch is nothing new. :)
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 12:13 PM
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4. I was promised porn, and all I got were these lousy birds
:(

But seriously, sweet pics. I love hummingbirds, and since I rarely see them, I get pretty excited when I do.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 03:12 PM
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11. Sorry about the porn
but these guys are much prettier than pics of me in porn. :)
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 12:38 PM
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5. These are way more efficient than Hummers
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 07:25 PM
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19. Funny and you are correct!
:hi:
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 02:34 PM
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8. We get so many hummers at our cabin
Sometimes it's like a swarm! My favorite hummer is the Rufous, he comes late in the season and he's very mean to the other hummers. He also tries to keep them from using the feeders.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 07:13 PM
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17. I would like to find more, but where I am I only have two
varieties, the ruby throated and the black chinned. The latter is only an occasional visitor though. I am bit too far east.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 02:42 PM
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9. My dear Maestro!
These are incredibly good!

And the one in midair?

Amazing shot!

I am open-mouthed in amazement and awe...

Thank you so much...

:hug:
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 07:14 PM
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18. Thanks Peggy.
I have read about some techniques to help me stop the motion even better combining my flash, shutter speed and aperture so I hope to get some better one this year. Thanks again.
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Mrs.Matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 03:22 PM
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12. Awesome pictures!
You really need to send them into Birds and Blooms magazine. They run a pictorial on hummingbirds every issue and I am sure yours would be in it!

http://www.birdsandblooms.com / check it out.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 08:50 PM
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20. Thanks Mrs. Matcom
I'll pm you if I send one in.
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 03:37 PM
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13. Hummingbirds are neat
I got literally buzzed by one on my mother's porch one day..I thought it was a bee and swatted at it...nope..It was literally less than a foot from my face....I must have startled it off the nearby flower.... :)
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-08 09:53 AM
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21. They certainly are neat little creatures.
They will buzz around and do not seem overly concerned about humans as long as there is nectar nearby. It probably came so close to you because you are just so sweet. ;)
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 03:42 PM
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14. Wow, superb photos!
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-08 01:53 PM
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28. Thanks Peake
I am going to try to find some loggerhead shrikes today if the wind calms down.
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 04:09 PM
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15. Amazing photos....
Pretty birds.

I think many things in nature have an iridescent quality...maybe, even
humans have an iridescence about themselves at certain times....but, maybe
we haven't reached a high enough level of consciousness to see it.



Tikki
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-08 11:47 AM
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26. I can think of a few people that have that
iridescent quality whether it's visible to the naked eye or not. :) Thanks for looking and commenting.
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 04:35 PM
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16. My God they are beutiful! Especially #1
I love the metallic green color.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-08 11:46 AM
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25. If you catch them in the right sun
that iridescence occurs. Thanks for looking.
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-08 11:04 AM
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22. beautiful!
Makes me yearn for Spring even more.

:hi:
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-08 11:32 AM
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23. Just a few more weeks.
I can't believe I am gearing up for spring migration already.
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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-08 11:43 AM
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24. Those are fantastic!
I especially love the one in flight. Great job!!

:D
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-02-08 11:47 AM
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27. Much appreciated KC2.
I hope to get more this spring.
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