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Final 2009 Hummingbird Post... I promise
Posted By: Bud, 10-17-2009, 08:30 AM

Although there was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird here early this morning when it was 35 degrees F outside, I doubt we'll have them here much longer. Forecasts for this weekend have the temps coming in below freezing, so the stragglers should be spurred on to migrate south for warmer climates.

So, this will be my last hummingbird post for this year.... I promise

First... a few perched poses...

Glamour Shot
1/500s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso250

Scratchin' an itch... that's pollen that he's kicking into the air
1/800s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso250

This one was very comfortable around the camera.... I used the Sigma 180 macro lens and 540 flash for fill on this shot... from less than 3 feet away. He returned to the same perch several days in a row... very cool.
1/800s f/6.3 at 180.0mm iso320

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds' tongues are forked at the end... tough to see clearly from this angle, but it's there.
1/500s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso200

Winner of the "Billy Idol Look-alike" contest ... now THAT's flexibility!
1/1000s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso400

Nectaring from Tricyrtis hirta - Toad Lily, which doesn't bloom here until October. Most years I don't have a chance to see if the hummingbirds use it.
1/250s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso400

Royal Queen Purple Iochroma Cyanea
1/640s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso400

Stachystarpheta jamaicensis - Purple Porterweed
1/640s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso250

Cuphea 'Ballistic'
1/320s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso400

So long 'til spring time!
1/320s f/4.5 at 300.0mm iso640

Thanks for looking!

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10-17-2009, 08:48 PM   #16
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BUD you can post every day for the rest of the year and I would not complain beautiful inspirational shots

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thanks for posting these.
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Bud, these are absolutely fantastic shots! well done!
Thanks for the comments!

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Brilliant, Bud.
Spot on in every aspect.
Your collection of these hummers is just beautiful.
Awesome stuff mate.
Thanks, Ash.... I appreciate your comments

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Absolutely stunning photography!
Thank you!
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Oh my....
Flat out amazing photos.
I'm ashamed to say I never knew hummingbirds have tongues that long. Once in a blue moon I'll catch Spike licking his nose in a photo, I cannot believe you caught a hummingbird sticking his tongue out, great work Bud.

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Everyone would get voted in to PPG IMO. Well done. JIM
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Wow!!! Just Wow!!!
Thank you!

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Beautifully captured! Awesome work.

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An excellent series. If you still have hummingbirds, keep shooting and posting. These are great.
Haven't seen one since the 17th... we had temps below freezing over the weekend and we may be done for the year. Thanks for the comments!

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Awesome. The shots we all want but seldom if ever get.

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Bud, all of these are outstanding images, thanks for posting them.
Thanks, Heinrich
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It's been said before but I'll say it again. Wow. I'm torn between being inspired to go shoot my own hummingbirds next summer and just giving up on ever trying to take a photo of a hummingbird ever again, because you have raised the bar so high. What lens did you use for these?

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These are simply fantastic! After looking at these I am embarrassed to show my attempts. They quickly went in the delete file.
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Not sure how I missed this series for so long. Very nice, Very, Very nice.

I Look forward to next summer.


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