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Old Jun 9, 2010, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default More 70-300 and more of those little biddie boids.

The shots with the feeder were getting a little tired. so I set the tripod up 10 ft away from this guys resting spot for when he'd gotten tired of sucking up all that sugar juice with red dye number 9.

All shot at 300mm with the 70-300

First shot is out of the camera full frame and with flash. 1/160 f5.6 iso 200
Second is with flash and cropped. 1/160 f5.6 iso 200
last two no flash, just a crop. 1/16 f5.6 iso 200 (Not bad cropped in at 1/16sec, for that lens)
& 1/30 f5.6 iso 200

The flash gave the second shot a milky looking eye, interesting. The last shot he was getting buzzed by another guy who wanted his spot so he displayed the red on his neck.

Didn't notice any gonads so it might have been a "her"
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Hi Ken,
I've never seen Humming birds at rest before..Wow!

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....there y'all go again! Like Zig, I've never seen a HB sitting still, it is WOW for me too.

Ken, are you saying the red throat color is a defensive posturing display? i need to do some reading, it seems hummingbirds are more interesting creatures than I thought.
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Great little critters to watch on a summer afternoon. Very territorial and aggressive. When the first one arrives in the spring they'll take their fill and find a place where they can watch "their" food suppy. Usually lot higher so when an interloper comes to steal from their stash they'll be on them like SOS. When the sun is low in the afternoon they come out of the holly tree like an RPG, a shining red streak of light and a high pitched hum. The hum has a dopler effect as it goes by.

When the males spar, face off and display in mid air...the females sit and drink. Something like a biker bar.
The males also do an inflight, colourful dance to impress the gals, while the gals try to look sufficienty bored. Once again, like the biker bar.
All the while totally ignoring other birds or humans...pffft! We're nothing to them.

If they were eagle sized they'd take over the world.
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When the males spar, face off and display in mid air...the females sit an drink. Something like a biker bar.
....have never used this one but for the 1st TIME EVER and likely last .... LMAO! there I did it.

I would really like seeing what you describe. Thanks Ken, I needed the humor.
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Obviously Ken has a lot of experience in biker bars. Who would have guessed it!!

Is the mild mannered real estate agent really a Hell's Angel at heart??
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No I'm still mild mannered Ken.

I did work as a bouncer for a while in the Liverpool clubs, when I came out of the special forces. Right at the time the Beatles came back from Hamburg with their first album.
But that's a different lifetime and a different story...

With the decline of telphone booths...and old age. I've gone into retirement.
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No I'm still mild mannered Ken.

I did work as a bouncer for a while in the Liverpool clubs, when I came out of the special forces. Right at the time the Beatles came back from Hamburg with their first album.
But that's a different lifetime and a different story...

With the decline of telphone booths...and old age. I've gone into retirement.
Ah, Ken your story brings me back to another time and place. One that I wish I could relive, knowing what I know now.

Thanks for posting. It made me feel good just remembering when the Beatles first came out, what I was doing at the time and the revolution in music that followed.

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As the line of the old song went:

I wish I was a little bit younger..... and know what I know now.

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stunning shots, so clear and wondrful great job!!! I have never even seen a Humming bird in real life.
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