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Finally-humming bird without the feeder.
Posted By: charliezap, 08-18-2014, 04:51 PM

After all my years of getting some decent shots of Hbirds at the feeders today I finally got some shots of them at the flowers.The shots were taken through the glass front door with the Pentax 55-300mm lens.The sun "blew" out some of the flowers but the birds survived I "salted" the gladiolas with nectar to attract them and they seemed to like it. It's not really cheating.Is it?--charliezap

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11-08-2014, 02:26 PM   #16
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First shot is wonderful!

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great shots. like the first shot....coming in for a sip
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The last shot almost looks like a one winged bird.
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great! but even in this Shutter Speed: 1/750s- still wings very fast!

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By the way- I don't see anything wrong with "salting" the flowers first. You are there to capture something in nature, who says humans aren't part of nature? We interact with the outdoors just as much as any other animal. This isn't photojournalism with its strictures around ethics and proper methods of acquiring the shot, so have fun I say.
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First shot is wonderful!
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great shots. like the first shot....coming in for a sip
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The last shot almost looks like a one winged bird.
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great! but even in this Shutter Speed: 1/750s- still wings very fast!
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By the way- I don't see anything wrong with "salting" the flowers first. You are there to capture something in nature, who says humans aren't part of nature? We interact with the outdoors just as much as any other animal. This isn't photojournalism with its strictures around ethics and proper methods of acquiring the shot, so have fun I say.
Thanks all.The hummingbirds are long gone for the season but they will be back just like clockwork on May 5th or 6th as they have been doing for several years.--charliezap
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Great work hope they come back for more shots.

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WOW - those are some of the best and stunning images of Hummers I have seen!!! I forget the person, but someone here on the forum sold their image of a Hummer to the company that does the hummingbird feeders. Wonderful captures!!

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WOW - those are some of the best and stunning images of Hummers I have seen!!! I forget the person, but someone here on the forum sold their image of a Hummer to the company that does the hummingbird feeders. Wonderful captures!!

Thanks for the comments.Most of the time they come to my hanging feeders.Here's one of my favorites from this year.--charliezap
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I saw one rare one this year, sitting on the deck enjoying a coffee and a female rufous hummingbird stopped for a drink. After she flew off I went inside and got the camera. She didn't return of course. Apparently We're not too far from their occasional summer route or migrating route across the northern states. First time I've seen one, though.

Do leave the feeders up longer than you think necessary. You never know when those migrating birds will need a bit of help.
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