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Every few years parts of Tucson hummingbird lover's sugar bill skyrockets. I tend to tolerate the nectar feeding bats, I do like to photograph them. Last night 3 or more of them were busy draining my feeder. I have my security camera trained on the feeder. I watch tv and when they start feeding I go into action (if you consider holding a camera up against a window pane action).
I focus on the feeder and just watch when a bat is at the feeder. I have found that my porch lite doesn't bother them nor does the flash. Needles to say, I have many misses for every good shot.



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Feathered Hummingbirds







Mooned by a bat.

  Canon EOS 7D    EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens    17mm    f/4.0    1/200s    1250 ISO    +0.3 EV  



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Sep 08, 2013 at 02:24 PM
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Creepy! I love it, I think!
Eric



Sep 08, 2013 at 02:25 PM
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eyelaser wrote:
Creepy! I love it, I think!
Eric


Thanks Eric. Maybe I should of waited till Halloween.
Norm



Sep 08, 2013 at 02:30 PM
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Neat shots Norm.


Sep 08, 2013 at 02:35 PM
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KCollett wrote:
Neat shots Norm.


Thanks Ken.



Sep 08, 2013 at 02:39 PM
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Wow, fantastic capture Norm,

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Sep 08, 2013 at 02:42 PM
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Lightsearcher wrote:
Wow, fantastic capture Norm,

Marcelo


Thanks Marcelo.



Sep 08, 2013 at 02:51 PM
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The first is the winner Norm. You might want to try stopping down a bit to get more DOF and try one in the air without the feeder in view

Morris



Sep 08, 2013 at 06:41 PM
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Nice shots, Norm; I don't think I've seen bats photographed this way before. It would be interesting to know more about their normal eating behavior; is the feeder a mimic, or an opportunity!

Greg



Sep 08, 2013 at 06:50 PM
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Super captures Norm.
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Great set Norm ! I have never seen a bat close and would love to. Keep taking those shots for me

Birdie



Sep 08, 2013 at 07:53 PM
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Wow! what a hummer! Great capture.
At my house on the mountain, there are bats and of course hummers. I will have to watch out for these creatures!
bob



Sep 08, 2013 at 08:04 PM
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it's a sweet set Norm


Sep 08, 2013 at 08:20 PM
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kmunroe wrote:
it's a sweet set Norm


Thanks Ken



Sep 08, 2013 at 08:57 PM
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nugeny wrote:
Wow! what a hummer! Great capture.
At my house on the mountain, there are bats and of course hummers. I will have to watch out for these creatures!
bob


Thanks Bob,
Norm



Sep 08, 2013 at 09:00 PM
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Plinian wrote:
Nice shots, Norm; I don't think I've seen bats photographed this way before. It would be interesting to know more about their normal eating behavior; is the feeder a mimic, or an opportunity!

Greg


Greg these bats normally feed on Agave and similar plants on the way back to Mexico were they winter. Because of our drought conditions Agave flowers in the wild are not too abundant. So, they hit town looking for hummer feeders. This doesn't happen every year.
It makes for some fun shooting. Last night I turned my security video camera on and when they showed up I was ready for them with my Canon with a wide angle lens. Lots of fun and I'm glad I wasn't shooting film.
Norm



Sep 08, 2013 at 09:08 PM
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morris wrote:
The first is the winner Norm. You might want to try stopping down a bit to get more DOF and try one in the air without the feeder in view

Morris


Thanks Morris, Try one without the feeder I'll leave that to you. They are soooooo fast and erratic in flight, the only time they pause for about a second is when they dip into the feeder. The only way I know of to get inflight shots is with an electronic beam that when broken triggers the flash.
Norm



Sep 08, 2013 at 09:15 PM
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birdied wrote:
Great set Norm ! I have never seen a bat close and would love to. Keep taking those shots for me

Birdie


Thanks Birdie, I'll be trying again tonight, just for you
Norm



Sep 08, 2013 at 09:17 PM
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Very cool capture, Norm
Paul



Sep 08, 2013 at 09:25 PM
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Cool pics Norm, especially at night through glass.

We have fruit bats (1m wingspan!) and micro bats here, the fruit bats fly over the city at dusk leaving for the feeding grounds in the rainforest in their hundreds. A spectacular sight.

They come to our trees (figs, paw paw, palm trees) in the garden but their approach is to crash land into the tree and climb around to the fruit from there ! Noisy buggers too squabbling over food.

Andy



Sep 08, 2013 at 09:55 PM
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