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Old Sep 11, 2011, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default A hummingbird feeding FRENZY (video + images)

I spend a lot of time photographing the hummingbirds in their natural environment so attracting these birds and giving them safe places to perch is important to me. I believe I've been successful in that regard.

Background: I have a total of 7 feeders in the garden - this activity is an accurate sample of what you would see on each feeder. During July/August/September, when the hummingbirds are most active, there are approximately 45-55 hummingbirds on/around the feeders or feeding from the garden flowers during various times of the day, with the lowest activity the lower 20's. They will consume an average of 1.75 - 2 gallons or ~ 6.5 liters of sugar water every 24 hours - that's a minimum.

Just click on the image below to view the activity levels in my garden in a new tab - it's in SD (640x480), not HD format:



Video setup: Nikon Coolpix S3000, SLIK AF2100 head, Gitzo GT3541XLS tripod. (That little S3000 looks pretty silly on that support setup = it's such a small camera!)


Still photo image results- 2 feeding, one perched:


EXIF (330mm)


EXIF (600mm)

Crop at 50%:




EXIF (590mm)

As always, happy to answer any questions if needed.

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Old Sep 11, 2011, 2:17 PM   #2
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Marc,

Your photos are so clear and beautiful, as I expected. That video is too cool! Have you ever tried to count the birds? Not sure how you could do that...whew!

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Marc, love your humming bird shots, I only have one feeder and been trying to get a good shot for 2 months, no luck yet

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Always love your shots, these are no exception. It seems they just get better and better.
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Wonderful portraits of these amazing birds - wonderful showcase of their loveliness and of your talents. Thanks for sharing!

PS - your video of the feeders reminds me of what I see at our Jewelweed patches this time of year.
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Think you have been sucessful? Duh! Great shots of a difficult subject. Please share what lens you used.

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Super shots Marc, but I found it even more incredible that you need that much sugar water, until I saw the video.

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Marc, you just like to tease us with those shots don't you? Another great series... I'd be happy just to see 1 hummingbird at a feeder around here... Man, that was just crazy.
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Think you have been sucessful? Duh! Great shots of a difficult subject. Please share what lens you used.
I'm guessing the 250-600mm.
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That would be my guess also - the exif on one of the stills said focal length of 600. What an awesome lens - sure wish I had an unlimited budget and could go looking for one.
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