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My wife and I live in New Mexico, very close to Bosque del Apache NWR and only 145 miles from Mexico. The hummingbirds have been migrating through here on their way to Mexico when the first rufous and calliopes arrived back on July 16th. The calliopes have long since left along with the adult male rufous, however we still have a pretty good group of adult rufous females and juveniles along with the local broadtail and black-chinned varieties.
Our night time temps are still just above 60F and that will hold them until it drops below that magic number. Then the rufous will be gone. Fortunately for us, we get to watch the latter two breeds until the first part of October before they, too, will head for Mexico.
Al

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Aug 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Hummingbirds


Nice, we often don't see group shots of these birds.
Douglas



Aug 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Hummingbirds


The background of the first is NG. The others are good with the second my pick. You might want to try some noise reduction on the backgrounds and clone out the black thing on the left of the second.

Morris



Aug 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Hummingbirds


Very nice.
I agree, we never see more than 2 of these guys at a time around here.



Aug 29, 2012 at 01:18 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Hummingbirds


Love the hummers. Nice job on these. Which I had as many hummers as you seem to have.


Aug 29, 2012 at 02:28 PM
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What a party Al!!! Great to see you posting again my my friend. 2 & 4 are my picks

Tim



Aug 29, 2012 at 03:04 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Hummingbirds


great set of hummers Al


Aug 29, 2012 at 09:40 PM
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You do have noise here Al, but the hummers look good. It's 3 for me ~ Ron


Aug 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Hummingbirds


Lots of beautiful birds Al. #2 is neat.


Aug 30, 2012 at 03:10 AM
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Great set.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Hummingbirds


You are living in hummingbird paradise, you are very lucky. Beautiful set


Aug 30, 2012 at 06:17 AM
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douter wrote:
Nice, we often don't see group shots of these birds.
Douglas


Thanks, Douglas. We are very fortunate down here to be in their pathway for migrating into Mexico for the winter. One year when we weren't in such drought conditions, I snapped a shot of one feeder that had 41 birds at it. It was nothing to see 300 to 400 birds buzzing around the patio at once. Called chaotic when listening to the chipping sounds they make and the sounds emitted by that many wings!
Al



Aug 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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morris wrote:
The background of the first is NG. The others are good with the second my pick. You might want to try some noise reduction on the backgrounds and clone out the black thing on the left of the second.

Morris


I only have one lens, my 28-135mm so I understand that when cropped I'll get that noise. I also don't have software to "enhance" my photos. Glad you liked the second shot.
Al



Aug 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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NuclearRoy wrote:
Very nice.
I agree, we never see more than 2 of these guys at a time around here.


Thank you, NuclearRoy. By the way, our home is but 30 air miles from the Trinity Site. When I saw your handle it made me think of that.
Al



Aug 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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Ted ellis wrote:
Love the hummers. Nice job on these. Which I had as many hummers as you seem to have.


Thanks so much, Ted. I have to admit that I am spoiled when it comes time to take pics of hummers. I look forward to the middle of July when they (rufous and calliopes) begin to migrate here. Each year Bev and I try to put in more perennials that hummers love.
Al



Aug 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
What a party Al!!! Great to see you posting again my my friend. 2 & 4 are my picks

Tim


Good morning, Tim. Yes, it is a party! One day at a time. Glad you liked the pics.
Al



Aug 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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kmunroe wrote:
great set of hummers Al


Thanks a lot, Kenny.
Al



Aug 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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surfnron wrote:
You do have noise here Al, but the hummers look good. It's 3 for me ~ Ron


Thanks, Ron. Next time I won't crop them so much. I'll try to get closer, also. I guess I was about 3 to 4 feet from them when I took these shots.
Al



Aug 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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KCollett wrote:
Lots of beautiful birds Al. #2 is neat.


I appreciate that, Ken.
Al



Aug 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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Jonathan Huynh wrote:
Great set.


I'm glad you liked them, Jonathon. Thanks so much.
Al



Aug 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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