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Finally-humming bird without the feeder.
Lens: 55-300 Camera: K5 Photo Location: Saugus Ma. ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/750s Aperture: F8 
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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08-18-2014, 10:32 PM   #2
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man these are some great shots Charlie, salting flowers never heard of that.
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Some stunning captures so it doesn't matter how you achieved them!
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Wow!!!!

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man these are some great shots Charlie, salting flowers never heard of that.
I've done that before Bob.It attracts bees-hornets-butterflies and of course Hbirds.-charliezap
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Some stunning captures so it doesn't matter how you achieved them!
I guess you're right Em. No harm no foul.--charliezap
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Many of the best bird photos were baited - why not? Good work!
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I guess you're right Em. No harm no foul.--charliezap
Thanks guys.--might as well make the most of it. They are getting ready to head South in a few weeks.---charliezap

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They're draining the feeders at record rates here, the nesting season must have been quite successful. They use our flowers - lots of natives plus stuff like hyssop, but I have yet to get a good shot of any at those. The young males will perch quite close though, and seem fascinated by our dogs. They'll buzz around giving the dogs a good once-over, sometimes a chirp or two. The dogs don't seem to notice.

Great shots - I applaud your patience!
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They're draining the feeders at record rates here, the nesting season must have been quite successful. They use our flowers - lots of natives plus stuff like hyssop, but I have yet to get a good shot of any at those. The young males will perch quite close though, and seem fascinated by our dogs. They'll buzz around giving the dogs a good once-over, sometimes a chirp or two. The dogs don't seem to notice.

Great shots - I applaud your patience!
Thanks Ter.They are really active now which makes for some "Kodak moments"--charliezap
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These are great! Also, nice to see such crisp images from the 55-300 mm. I wonder about mine sometimes, as it often seems too soft (but then again I dropped it once).
I think anything goes, as long as the critters don't suffer, so salting doesn't bother me! Great technique.
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Excellent work Charlie!
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Great captures Charlie.

Very fine.

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Excellent shots, Charlie. I saw an identical bird at our Butterfly Bush a few days ago, but by the time I had the camera out, it was gone. I'll have to try the nectar trick.
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kudos ! it's very nicely captured ^^
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