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Everywhere There's Lots of Piggies . . . . .
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Posted By: Sailor, 09-26-2011, 07:19 PM

I know . . . . I know . . . . I'm weary of hummingbird pics too. In fact, I'm weary of hummingbirds, period; they're swarming around here like insects and their chirp is (almost) as bad as pop music. Even so, I found myself standing in our very hot breezeway and holding my camera while watching these selfish little creatures attacking one of the three feeders my wife, who still enjoys these nut cases, keeps filling up daily.

Jer

Checkin' out the place:



At least the booze is cheap:



Hey, it's 7 o'clock and Happy Hour's over. Let's split - I hear Bubbles is dancin' down at little Joey's:


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09-26-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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Jer, it didn't take you too long to master hummingbird photography, I found that the flash really helps to freeze them. What a privilege it is for you to have so many birds, soon they will be gone and you will be waiting for next year for the migration to start again. Bob
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WOW an impressive set, wish we had such amazing creatures over here, very well shot.
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Nice series, Jer. everyone has something interesting. It seems to me you used a flash, am I right?

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Jeeze I go away for 10 days and bam you go from a silhouette to these shots! Well done my friend.
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Nice shooting, and great to see they have their own local bar.
Regards!
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Quite jealous of these pics.
Having got my first kingfisher shots a year or two ago, I'd love to get some humming birds.

How long do they hang around?
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quite the hummingbird Bacchanalia jer..... fine captures... dave m

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Jer-you really know how to hurt a guy.All season I get mostly one at the feeder and that's it.Good job on the photos--capn zap
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If you are trying to get my attention using Beatles references, it worked.
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Jer, it didn't take you too long to master hummingbird photography, I found that the flash really helps to freeze them. What a privilege it is for you to have so many birds, soon they will be gone and you will be waiting for next year for the migration to start again. Bob
Hey, thanks for lookin', Bob and thanks for the very nice words. Actually, I didn't use flash in these shots. The feeder and birds were brightly illuminated by the sun, while the background (i.e. my backyard) was heavily shaded. I shot in TAv mode and managed the contrast by using spot in the first one and center-weighted (with -1.5 EV compensation) in the last two. I then tweaked the contrast before converting to JPEG. Were I to do these again, I would probably applied only -1.0 EV when shooting #2 and 3.

Jer

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WOW an impressive set, wish we had such amazing creatures over here, very well shot.
I really appreciate the kind comments. Thanks very much.

Jer

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Nice series, Jer. everyone has something interesting. It seems to me you used a flash, am I right?
Juan, thanks, my friend. No flash - see my comment to Bob above.

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Jeeze I go away for 10 days and bam you go from a silhouette to these shots! Well done my friend.
I sure appreciate it, Dave. I'm truly enjoying your posts from your foray into the Canadian Rockies.

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09-27-2011, 04:01 PM   #12
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Nice shooting, and great to see they have their own local bar.
Regards!
Thanks, Rupert - I think these guys got the word from Otis vis a vis how to live large.

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Quite jealous of these pics.
Having got my first kingfisher shots a year or two ago, I'd love to get some humming birds.

How long do they hang around?
Hey thanks, mickey - I appreciate it. They've been around for several weeks - although not in these numbers.

Jer

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quite the hummingbird Bacchanalia jer..... fine captures... dave m
It is that, buddy. Thanks much.

Jer

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Jer-you really know how to hurt a guy.All season I get mostly one at the feeder and that's it.Good job on the photos--capn zap
Capn, we've been here since '95 and I've never seen them in anything like this abundance. My son-in-law hypothesized that perhaps the drought has (literally) dried up their usual sugar sources and they're taking advantage of my kind-hearted wife.

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If you are trying to get my attention using Beatles references, it worked.
No kidding? The Beatles? I thought this was one of Miles' head charts.

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