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Nesting! Do Not Disturb!

Nesting! Do Not Disturb!
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Nests of Birds, Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-19 3:31
Viewed: 4540
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I discovered this hummingbird's nest on a low branch on a tree behind my classroom. It is hard to say why she chose this very busy thoroughfare to make her nest (about 4 cm in diameter). Hundreds of elementary school children walk by every day. Let's all keep our fingers crossed for her and her two nestlings.

Anna's Hummingbird
Calypte anna

Cool fact: Originally found only on the Pacific slope from Baja California to San Francisco, Anna's Hummingbird has increased its population and expanded its breeding range in recent years to Vancouver, British Colombia, east to southern Arizona. This expansion has been abetted by the introduction of exotic flowering plants, especially Eucalyptus, red-hot-poker (Tritoma) and tree
tobacco (Nicotiana glauca), and by the proliferation of hummingbird feeders.

As is the case with other hummingbird species, male and female Anna's Hummingbirds associate only long enough for copulation. Responsibility for construction of the nest and care of the young falls exclusively to the female. During the breeding season, males and females occupy separate habitats. Males establish feeding territories on slopes in open chaparral while females build their nests in bottomlands that include evergreen trees, especially live oaks.

The breeding season begins in December and lasts until May or June. Males arrive first and begin defending territories associated with rich and dependable food sources. Females arrive a few weeks later and establish separate territories; they build lichen-camouflaged nests of made from plant down and spider webs. When the nest is partially built, the male performs his courtship display. First, he hovers before the female, then rises high, sometimes pausing to sing a thin, squeaky warble of a song before again diving toward her, tracing a deep arc and making a loud, explosive noise at the bottom of the dive. Incubation of the eggs takes about two weeks before the naked and blind nestlings hatch. After another three weeks, the young may leave the nest, although they remain dependent upon the mother for food for a few days. Juveniles rapidly develop territorial behavior, sometimes establishing their own feeding territories shortly after leaving the nests.

Description: Anna's Hummingbirds are iridescent bronzy green above and grayish white below, with a varying amount of green wash at the flanks. Males have a deep rose-red crown and gorget that extends to the sides of the neck. Females may have some red feathers at the throat, but none on the crown. Wings and tail are dark, with the female's tail feathers tipped with white.


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Are those iridescent feathers for real? Awesome Manyee. What a prescious find! Excellent POV, clarity and sharpness. A truely wonderful shot. Thanks

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-19 6:36]

Hello Manyee,

Like Pam suggests, the feathers look surreal. The glow is beautiful!!! :) Excellent composition, perfect POV and good DOF. Well done. TFS!


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-05-19 7:19]

Une très belle prise nature,j'aime beaucoup le voir dans son nid. Un bel éclairagr qui fait bien ressortir les couleurs de l'oiseau.

Félicitation pour la netteté et le BG.

I've never seen a shot of a hummingbird nesting before. It's gorgeous. What is its nest made of? I see leaves, grass, mud - it's almost as colourful as the bird itself and the bird is wonderful. Great clarity and your DOF/composition are spot-on. I think it's a fantastic shot. TFS :)

Congratulations Manyee!!!
This is a completely amazing photo!
I would not be exaggerating to say that it has made my week, month...I have always wanted to see this particular image for myself, however, I will be quite content to do so through your lens.
Well done on this excellent composition and ws (thank you for including it.)
Please, keep us posted.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-19 9:16]

Superb shot Manyee!
Wonderful lighting,BG and composition.Very well done!

Para mim está foto é dificíl de fazer porque este passaro raramente fica em sua casa.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-19 10:19]

A beautiful composition.
Excelent shot with nice details.


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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-05-19 11:31]

Very pleasant shot.
Nice composition, great colours.
The blur effect is well applied, making an esthetic OOF BG.
Superb details on the hummingbird.
Very well done.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-19 12:57]

what a beautiful shot it is... a great moment... great composition... very well done...

Wonderful capture Manyee,
A stunning bird. Great composition, detail, sharpness and POV.
DOF is good, and those colours are magnificent. Fantastic shot, thanks for posting.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-19 13:55]

Yes Manyee,
This is realy a super shot, fantastic composition, and what a colours, fantastic, the details are good it is perfect in pov and the dof is great, very good job with my compliments,
gr. Jaap

Great job on the BG Manyee! ;-) Good details and you have lit-up the iridescent feathers well with your flash. I was I could be so lucky as to find a hummer nesting to shoot! Well done.

Tremendous, what a shot. Such a beautiful bird, with a nest to match! I've never seen anything like it!
Excellent pov, and the bg is stunning.
Just a great shot, well done!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-21 2:50]

Hello again Manyee.
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-21 21:36]

Wow ! what a fantastic photo Manyee, Details are razorsharp and colors are great, dof & pov superb, very well done 11/10 :-)


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-22 4:27]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ce superbe oiseau dans son nid. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Interesting and well done !

Great photo, manyee! :-)
i have never seen a hummingbird nesting-
it´s just too bad we don´t have them here
in europe.
are the feathers really so green-metallic looking?
just wonderful,
thanx for sharing,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-27 5:41]

It's the colors that makes this photo wonderful. I like the natural background. The bird is new to me.
Well done.


  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2005-12-03 18:48]

I have only one word to say ...


BRAVO ! and thanks for sharing

Donald L.

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