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I have been surprised by the resilience of these little one. While the males have already gone south, this year's clutch and some females continue to fuel up on the jewel weed.

cheers,
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Sep 17, 2023 at 03:42 PM
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Beautiful shots.

Gord



Sep 17, 2023 at 03:46 PM
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awesome, images, Bruce. The first one is my favorite. Well done.

Cheers,

David



Sep 17, 2023 at 06:04 PM
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Beautiful set with that third one being a standout for me. Well done Bruce.


Sep 17, 2023 at 06:07 PM
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Bruce,
Beautiful set and very clean, nicely done

Chris S.



Sep 17, 2023 at 06:43 PM
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Beauties Bruce. OOF jewelweed makes for very attractive backgrounds

Morris



Sep 17, 2023 at 07:39 PM
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these are fantastic, Bruce. lovely soft light


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Nice work with the 800mm!
Do you struggle finding them at that fl?
I struggle with the fliers using 1000mm lol.

Justin



Sep 18, 2023 at 03:17 AM
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Very nice!

2 winters ago here in the mountains of AZ I had put my hummingbird feeders away around the beginning of December. I went out on my back porch a week or so later and a hummingbird was looking for its food! So I ran in, made a batch and continued to do so all winter long! I was shocked to say the least as it gets down into the teens and low 20's at night here. Daytime temps average in the 50's. So every evening I'd bring in the feeder so the food wouldn't freeze. How these little guys survive those cold temps is beyond me!

Last winter was a different story. Never saw a one. We shall see what winter brings this year!



Sep 18, 2023 at 07:55 AM
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Nice images, Bruce


Sep 18, 2023 at 08:30 AM
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I never tire seeing hummingbird pics. Nice work!


Rolando



Sep 18, 2023 at 09:30 AM
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Three beauties Bruce. #1 and 3 are very strong images.


Sep 18, 2023 at 11:33 AM
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gcooke0522 wrote:
Beautiful shots.

Gord


Thank you Good... I appreciate the comment.
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dbostock wrote:
awesome, images, Bruce. The first one is my favorite. Well done.

Cheers,

David


Thank you David... I was pretty excited about pic 1 too, the hummer bent her body perfectly!
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louie champan wrote:
Beautiful set with that third one being a standout for me. Well done Bruce.


Thank you Louie... That's one of the few where I had enough shutter speed to freeze the wings.
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csinseattle wrote:
Bruce,
Beautiful set and very clean, nicely done

Chris S.


Thank you Chris... the area I shoot is very buys, so I always picked a few flowers where the background was far relatively to the foreground. Rather than chasing the birds, I waited for them to feed where I wanted them to go.
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morris wrote:
Beauties Bruce. OOF jewelweed makes for very attractive backgrounds

Morris


Thanks Morris... Jewelweed is beautiful. The 800mm lens at FX produces a lovely bokeh.
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kdacharya wrote:
these are fantastic, Bruce. lovely soft light


Thanks KD... I typically shoot this area when there are cool nights after a warm day. This creates a blanket of fog that softens the morning sun.
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Tyr-Sog wrote:
Nice work with the 800mm!
Do you struggle finding them at that fl?
I struggle with the fliers using 1000mm lol.

Justin


Thanks Justin... At first it was really hard to find the birds with the 800PF. In some of these shots I was close to minimum focus, and the field of view is super tight. As I stated above, I began to change my approach. Rather than chasing the birds, I chose a few clusters of flowers in the area that had similar lens to flower distances. I tried to choose flowers that were close to me relative to the background. When a bird was in the "sweet spot," I'd be able to find it and lock on. 90% of this photography is from a tripod.

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AZHeaven wrote:
Very nice!

2 winters ago here in the mountains of AZ I had put my hummingbird feeders away around the beginning of December. I went out on my back porch a week or so later and a hummingbird was looking for its food! So I ran in, made a batch and continued to do so all winter long! I was shocked to say the least as it gets down into the teens and low 20's at night here. Daytime temps average in the 50's. So every evening I'd bring in the feeder so the food wouldn't freeze. How these little
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Thanks! Well I hope you have good luck this winter. I know that Tucson AZ has some great hummingbird diversity. If I recall, you can do some good photography there in March.
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saaketham wrote:
Nice images, Bruce


Thank you very much
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R_o_l_o wrote:
I never tire seeing hummingbird pics. Nice work!

Rolando


Thanks Rolando... I do enjoy seeing them as well.
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Ted ellis wrote:
Three beauties Bruce. #1 and 3 are very strong images.


Thanks Ted, that means a lot coming from you, as you do some of the best hummingbird work on FM!



Sep 18, 2023 at 02:23 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Cooler nights in MN, but we still have hummingbirds


Beautiful, bruce--you really captured their dexterity and grace nicely!

The subdued jewel weed works really in these too.

Enjoy 'em while you can!

TFS

Kim



Sep 23, 2023 at 08:47 AM







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