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Old Mar 29, 2012, 3:26 PM   #1
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Yes, the hummers have made it back again. Little buggers always seem to pick the bleakest time to arrive. very few flowers or blossoms out right now and the cold rain is coming sideways.
Sharon was ready for them and they knew right where to come to fill their tanks after a long (South America) trip.

We dod have a couple that stayed all winter, perhaps they realized they weren't going to survive the trip. They came every day for some calories and to flit about.

Thes were the first two shots, they're still a little skittish. If I sit a while near the feeder (when the weather warms enough for me) they relax a little.

After a couple of weeks R&R here a lot of them will head further north to Canada.

Food...!!!!......... Oh, Oh, that guy with the camera.
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Glad they are back Ken. Was the 2nd bird making a statement to you about what he thought of you taking his photo?
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Pay no attention, Ken. He says that to everyone. Glad they're back and glad you shared 'em.
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I usually don't Gary but in this case he may be right..

That was the second shot of a 3 shot burst. the shutter spooked him so he showed me his arse on his way outta there.

I would have like a bit more light on his eye but I will get some more. With a bit of practice and light I should be able to find more shutter speed for in flight shots.
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Those are nice pictures Ken,

You used ISO 100 and you achieved 1/800 speed, with a higher ISO you will be able to freeze the wings of this fast little guy.

I like the colors and detail on his head.
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You used ISO 100 and you achieved 1/800 speed, with a higher ISO you will be able to freeze the wings of this fast little guy.

I like the colors and detail on his head.
Thanks Marcelo. True, it was a bit of a grab shot though. The max I'm comforable with the E500 is 400ISO and even at that I'll still get noise in the shot. As I said, if the sun ever shines again here I'll get the better speed.
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Pay no attention, Ken. He says that to everyone.
As soon as I saw that shot I was expecting Steven to come through for us.

Thanks for posting those, Ken. It's always amazing to me that little creatures like hummers or butterflies travel such long distances.

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Nice pictures Ken, my favorite is Nr. 1
Must be very difficult to make a picture from this kind of bird.
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Steven doesn't fail us, does he Ted. and Thanks!

Don't get a lot of these in northern Europe do we Lordje..
They're only about 10cm in size but they're really fast and can hover. They flap their wings about 10-20 times per "second". Hard to freeze a shot at less than 1/5,000.
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