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Old Aug 19, 2005, 11:21 PM   #1
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I finally ran into a hummingbird near the area where I photographed the Harrier. I saw it briefly, then parked myself in the area, right near the small wildflower bed, and waited. I was expecting it to return but not sit on a perch 3 meters away from me, checking me out. Nice surprise:







Eventually the light got too dim in the area, which was near a lake and on the wrong side of the sun, so I called it a day with the hummers. I was hoping to have gotten a flight shot, but to no avail. In my past experience with hummers I've found that they park themselves on a twig while they rest and digest, so I checked some of the bare trees higher in the sky where the light remained, and was fortunate enough to see this little one again:





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Old Aug 20, 2005, 5:20 AM   #2
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Norm, the detail you are able to capture always amazes me. Beautiful shots.
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Old Aug 20, 2005, 6:51 AM   #3
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nice shots, very pretty bird
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Old Aug 20, 2005, 8:37 AM   #4
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Wow and Wow again. They are great.

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Old Aug 20, 2005, 9:46 AM   #5
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Whine, whine, whine, I've never shot a hummer, whine, whine........

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Old Aug 20, 2005, 11:52 AM   #6
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Beautifull !!! What kinda gear did you use ? I am blown away with the sharpness and detail.
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Old Aug 20, 2005, 12:06 PM   #7
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Great Capture



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Old Aug 20, 2005, 9:08 PM   #8
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Everybody talks about the gear, but I think the key is that Norm is the St Francis of bird-dom. All the photographic skills in the world won't get you anywhere if you can't get close to the action.

So Norm, what kind of camo do you wear? <G>
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Old Aug 21, 2005, 2:09 AM   #9
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Thanks you all, I sincerely appreciate the nice words.

Player and Welsh, I used the 300/4 IS Canon lens with Mark II EOS camera body. I found that I had more luck in this particular situationwhen I left myself open for the bird to see that I wasn't much of a threat. After two or three circuits he seemed to get the message :G I have one of those little fold up stools with the cross legs and canvas seat (not the one with arms) that I carry around with me because it isn't heavy and is easy to haul. I parked myself near the flowers that I knew that it frequented and waited.
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Thanks for the info. Only asked because I was thinking about getting a teleconverter for my s20 fuji. I did not mean to infer that gear can compensate for skill... but you cant make a silk purse from a sow's ear
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