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Hummingbirds... end of the season
Lens: DA*300 Camera: Pentax K-5 IIs Photo Location: My yard in SW Ohio 
Posted By: Bud, 10-13-2017, 08:42 PM

It's been another successful and entertaining summer of attracting Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to my yard. I grow a variety of annual and perennial nectar plants every year, and my goal is always to see how many different blooms I can photograph... with a hummingbird attached

Here's a few images from the past 2 months, all shot with m trusty K-5 IIs and DA*300, hand-held with available light.

All images with blooms are identified by the plant names.

Salvia gachantivana 'Cundinamarca Sage'
1/2000s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso1600


Salvia guaranitica 'Costa Rica Blue'
1/1250s f/7.1 at 300.0mm iso1600


Salvia leucantha 'Mexican Bush Sage'
1/1600s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso640


Salvia leucantha 'Mexican Bush Sage'
1/2000s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso800


Cuphea 'David Verity' - and a migrating and molting adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1/2000s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso640


Leonotis leonurus 'Lion's Ear'
1/2000s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso320


Manettia cordifolia 'John Elsley'
1/2000s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso500


Justicia brandegeana 'Shrimp Plant'
1/2000s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso1250


Some contortionist stretching exercises
1/1000s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso2000


And, some more stretching...
1/1000s f/7.1 at 300.0mm iso640


And, a hummingbird that doesn't seem to care too much for bumblebees...
1/640s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso1600


Thanks for looking!

Last edited by Bud; 10-13-2017 at 09:05 PM.
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10-13-2017, 08:46 PM   #2
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That is an absolutely wonderful series of hummingbirds in their natural environment, thanks for posting.
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Amazing shots! Thanks for sharing
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Wow! Wonderful captures and fantastic information....thank you !!

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Takes dedication to get these kind of results....kudos to you.
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Great images. Kind of you to name the florals.
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These are fantastic. Great colors!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Knock Quote
These are fantastic. Great colors!
How sensitive are these birds to people? Squirrels and cardinals typically won't show up if they can see people -are hummers like that?

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How sensitive are these birds to people? Squirrels and cardinals typically won't show up if they can see people -are hummers like that?
The hummers that show up in Alabama in late Summer really don't seem to mind us at all. Their only concern is to eat eat eat before they take off on their journey over the Gulf of Mexico.
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Great shots, love the last one. They are fun to watch
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Beautiful work. Congratulations. Difficult to pick a favorite but #9 earned my widest grin.
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