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Old Jun 22, 2011, 9:04 PM   #1
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Default Finally got it after 3 days.

I hung the feeders over a week ago. A few started showing up 4 days ago. First night one showed at 9:00 PM, it was too dark, and didn't have my camera out. Next morining it was gone by the time I got the camera out. Last night I had the camera out sitting on a potting bench right under the feeder. I was setting up a tripod a few feet away, thinking I had plenty of time; it was 7:45PM. It showed up and I couldn't get to the camera without scaring it off. Tonight I was ready at 7:45PM. It didn't show until 8:20PM, just as I was about to give up.






I have to get a better angle, maybe hang the feeder lower.

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Patience is the key, I've heard. A co-worker of mine had a hummingbird feeder for a very long time, and she said after a while the birds would practically knock on her window when the feeder was empty. They were pretty tame towards her, they had quickly figured out she meant food, not harm. A good start with these.
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 11:35 PM   #3
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Yep from all the shots I've seen of hummers at feeders everyone seems to say the same - start at distance and let the birds become accustomed to your presence at a distance and then edge closer day by day until they will eventually eat out of your hand ! Lots of YouTube videos of this.
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Looks like persistence paid off, Jim!
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Beautiful pictures.

I can't wait until you post more and see your progress.

Congratulations Jim.
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Very nicely done and looks like you went through a lot of work to get there.

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Thanks all for your comments.
I'm posting a few more from this evening under "A better angle".
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I have tried several times to capture hummers, and each attempt has been a total failure. These are very good, and I'm looking forward to seeing your even better shots!
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