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Posts tagged “hummingbird

Kern County

Took an overnight trip to Lake Isabella.  Didn’t spend a whole lot of time shooting, and I left my tripod at home, so I was limited, but I did manage to get a couple decent shots…

Morning Hummingbird

Morning Hummingbird

I saw several Black Neck hummingbirds that decided to share my morning coffee with me.

Timeless

Timeless

Reflections

Reflections

Lower Kern River in the morning…

White Mountain Sunset

White Mountain Sunset

This one is a color conversion using the Channel Mixer.  I took this from the passenger seat doing about 70mph up 395.  Still came out fairly sharp, and a decent shot…

Thanks for taking the time to look!!

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Hummingbird Babies

There are a bunch of hummingbiord feeders in my apartment complex.  And thus, there are a lot of hummingbirds. 

Earlier in the spring, I saw a nest just outside my front door in a tree.  I live on the second floor, so as I walk out onto my porch, I am eye level with a nest that is about 15′ away.  I knew it would come in handy…

I saw the female sitting in ther nest a LOT about a month ago.  about a week ago I heard chirping, but no mother.  Today…I saw 2 feathered babies, probably only a few weeks from fledging and taking off on their own.  So I snapped a couple pictures…

"What you lookin' at?!"

"What you lookin' at?!"

"It sees us!!"  "No it doesn't.  Just sit still and it will go away..."

"It sees us!!" "No it doesn't. Just sit still and it will go away..."

Two adorable little baby hummingbirds.  I’ve no idea what kind they are, but I got individual photos of the parents earlier in the spring feeding from a neighbor’s feeder:

Father getting a drink

Father getting a drink

Mother being VERY cautious approaching the feeder...

Mother being VERY cautious approaching the feeder...

I saw the above 2 birds at the nest site earlier in the spring.  While I didn’t actually observe the mating process, I did observe what I assume to be a courting ritual in and around the nest site, and I observed the female sitting in the nest, presumable on eggs, several times.  If anyone can positively ID the species, I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks for looking!!


More Hummingbirds

Anyone that has tried to take photos of flying hummingbirds, knows that it can be a right pain in the ass.  But sometimes…the images are worth the effort..

approaching-the-bar

flight-drink1

mid-flight

Of course, it helps to have a variety of feeders around at the right level.  If the opportunities are there, and the birds are flying around…eventually you’ll get some decent shots.

Thanks for looking!


Must’a Been Fate

I went outside for a smoke a little while ago, and the sun was just going down.  For whatever reason, I grabbed my camera, even though there are no good landscape or sunset opportunities around my house.  Plus…I didn’t grab the tripod, so whatever I took would have to be with a flash.  But…I did see those creepy bugs last night, so…what the hell, right?

It was fate.  I know it was…

flight1

 I’ve tried to catch hummingbirds in flight many, many times.  Everytime, they have either darted off when I got within “range”, or the photos are not quite as sharp as I’d like.

flight2

I heard this odd buzzing sound behind as I smoked my cigarrette, and turned and saw 2 hummingbirds feeding from a very nearby feeder.  So I casually and carefully walked as close as I could until they flew off.

flight3

I waited until one of them got their nerve back and came over for a drink.  They both kept buzzing back to check it out, and eventually, they took turns flying in for a drink.

flight-drink

This little one decided to hang out, have some dinner, and let me snap some photos.  I was lucky enough to get within good “striking range”, and even though I had my flash on full power, he didn’t take off.  I got some decent pictures, too, I think.

 Anyhow…it must’a been fate what made me grab my camera…

Thanks for taking the time to look!!