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Little Ruby - Preening

Little Ruby - Preening
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Copyright: Travis Truelove (wildlife) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 42] (259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS w/ 1.4 extender, Handheld in Sports Mode
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-25 17:40
Viewed: 2442
Points: 4
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

If there has ever been a little jewel in all of nature, this has to be one of the best ever created. Since I started photographing birds 20 months ago, I have learned so much by watching them through the camera.

They straighten their feathers so fast you can hardly tell what they are doing. They will wipe their beaks free of pollen or spider webs as a person would clean a dirty sword. Just a wipe or two on a tiny branch will free the beak of any foreign matter. They will wipe on one side, they then other and then repeat.

As far as my observances go, these little hummers follow the early blooming flowers north in the spring and follow late blooming ones on the way back south.

Enjoy them while they’re around; by early fall they’re bound for Central America, with many crossing the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight.

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To tuslaw: Lightingwildlife 1 01-01 16:49
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Hello Travis, I rather like the angle of the perch and the way that the bird is doing something-preening,it`s a pity that shot is just a little under exposed as a little more detail in the lighter feathers would have been nice.
Best regards Les.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Travis,
I like the overall photo with the bird in a neat pose as it's preening itself. The one thing that puzzles me is the color of it's feathers, because they appear snow white. It looks to be partial albino if the feathers are true to what you actually saw.

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