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I found a hummingbird!
Lens: Vivitar 105mm macro Camera: K-7 Photo Location: San Diego ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/60s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: Svendinvenn, 04-20-2011, 09:30 PM

Ever since I moved to the US I've been wanting to find a hummingbird to shoot. Unfortunately they aren't very abundant where I live, so I'd kinda given up on it. Great was then my please when I today realized there's a pretty little one nesting in a bush outside of my apartment entrance!

I didn't manage to get any in-flight pictures, but I tried a couple of portraits, and even got close enough for an "egg-shot" when he was away.

Thanks for looking!

The photos can also be seen on my Flickr photostream; Flickr: PhotoSven's Photostream

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04-20-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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That is awesome! We have plenty of hummers around here but I have never found a nest, you are so lucky!

Pretty sure it is a female if it was sitting on the nest, I hear the males do not care for the eggs.

Maybe set up a feeder nearby so she can have a close-by source of energy.

Try not to disturb her too much, but I can't wait to see the hatchling pictures.
04-20-2011, 09:41 PM   #3
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Some nice shots Sven,hummer's captivating arent they?
None of our neo-trops are back here yet.
Lightning bugs are out already,so,couple more weeks at most.
Your shots great substitute till then.
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Glad you got those great closeups. Isn't it amazing how much care they put into making their nest. San Diego has a lot of hummingbirds, just put out a feeder and you will be surprised how many visit. thanks for the view. Bob

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It's going to be really exciting watching the chickens grow up. It's quite a challenge getting good pictures from above, but I hope to get some without bothering the mother too much. I think I'll post a picture of where the nest is, it's really weird, being placed maybe 30cm from where the pathway to the apartment entrance is. Might not be very smart, this bird..

Also, would appreciate comments on the post processing; could I sharpen it more, boost colours etc?
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Wow. The detail in these is amazing!

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