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Hummingbrid II

Hummingbrid II
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-19 9:31
Viewed: 3658
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s principal food consists of small insects and the nectar, or honey-like sap, of flowers. The insects are caught on the wing from lookout perches or in and around the flowers. To extract the nectar, the bird inserts its long extensible tubular tongue deep into the honey wells of the flower, preferring tubed flowers, such as bee balm and columbines. When feeding from a larger flower with a very deep honey well, such as a tiger lily, it pierces the calyx, or neck of the blossom, with its bill and by this shortcut extracts the drop of nectar.

Bright-coloured flowers that contrast sharply with the background attract the hummingbird. It favours red flowers, followed by orange, both of which show up well in dark shady places, and visits green flowers only when the background foliage is another colour. The hummingbird, like the bee, contributes to cross-pollination. As it visits one flower it is dusted with pollen, which it carries to another flower of the same species.

Holes made by the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker often release the sap of trees, which is also an important food source. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is often seen gently buzzing a sapsucker in the expectation of being led to another food source.

Hummingbirds are easily attracted to feeders containing a solution of one part sugar to four parts water. This should be boiled to prevent fermentation, and the mixture should be changed at least once a week.

The hummingbird is a curious creature. Some birds take to a feeder at once; others learn to associate the strange contraption with sweet food only with difficulty. But once a hummingbird finds a feeder it will go back to it, as long as it is hanging in the same place. A hummingbird returning in spring always looks for the feeder where it last fed from it eight months before.

The hummingbird also drinks water. Flying across open water, it may descend like a swallow to the surface, touching it with the bill and leaving widening rings on the water to mark the site of the drink.

Saludos Luis52.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-19 9:35]

Hello Luis,
This one is even more impressive than the last one! Wonderful POV and great details and fine colours in this excellent composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Luis,

What can I say; another great capture. I said it all yesterday.


Hi Luis,
a very nice in-flight shot of this filling up hummer.
You captured a good action with good sharpness and fine details.
I like the POV too.
Well done.

A side view! We have a bonus shot there Luis. Even better, no wait...maybe the same...both great. Nice angles and good fine luck.
La fotografía es su lado bueno.

Waoohh,wonderful shot,i like it

Hola Luis,
Excelente captura de este colibrí!
Me gusta mucho el punto de vista ascendente que nos permite apreciar al pájaro mientras se alimenta con el néctar de esa flor.
El color de la flor destaca muy bien contra ese fondo del cielo azul, y la composición que armaste está muy bien balanceada.
Felicitaciones y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-19 16:50]

Hi Luis,

This one is even better than the last one!! You froze this hovering hummingbird perfectly. Details of the face, wings and body are wonderful. Marvelous view of the beak inside the flower.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-19 19:16]

Hi Luis,
Another great shot with the same setting. You have freezed this fabulous moment perfectly with sharp details. The blue sky as BG and the green and yellow charming flowers add fine colour to the shot. Superb lighting. Excellent POV to portray this scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Luis
Very nice shot of this Hummingbird,
Perfect details,Bg and lighting,Welldone.

Good Luck

What amazing lighting!
I see you used f2.8 - - - nice lens! Mine won't even go that low. ha ha

Wonderful pov - great stop action on this bird. Beautiful shot.

hi luis!
congrat to a very beautiful picture!
good work!

hello Luis

i went back to look your yesturdays photo,
i come to look this one, and i like much more
the angle of view (by side) of this shot



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-20 9:47]

Hello Luis,
Fantastic timing. Great POV, sharpness and colours. Very good composition.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-20 10:27]

Hola Luis!
¡Qué foto más graciosa! Desde luego sólo un colibrí sería capaz de libar el néctar de esas flores tan estrechas y larguiruchas, y tú aquí lo has pillado desde una perspectiva fantástica.
Me encantaría llegar a ver algún día un colibrí. Tiene que ser fantástico.
Me encanta la foto! Muchas gracias por compartirla.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-20 11:47]

Hi Luis,
A really great shot of the bird. Excellent POV and detail. Fine colors against the blue BG. Well captured.


Encore une très belle ose, ony voit mêm ela lumière dans l'oeil.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-09-21 10:25]

Hola Luis,
Que linda capture, veo que tambien le gusta
mucho los Colibris, composicion bien heermosa
Sabia que los colibris son los animales com
lo batimento cardiaco mas accelerado? :)
felicitaciones amigo


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-23 12:48]

Hi Luis

Great action shot, your timing is perfect. Goo shutter speed giving a sharp body with some nice movement in the wings. Stunning composition



Hello Luis really amazing shot very sharp with good movement in the wings lovely composition excellent focus nice background and light tfs rgds Necip.

bonjour luis
vous avez de tres belles photos de cet oiseau que nous n'avons pas ici en france,j'aime beaucoup la façon dont vous l'avez eu par le dessous;
bone netteté.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-27 9:13]

Hello Luis

A wonderful composition with beautiful lighting and colours.The pose is superb.Excellent timing.Very well focused with super definition.TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-01 19:18]

Hola Luis,
Excellent camera work as always in this fantastic in flight capture, thanks Luis.

Very nice shot,
Perfect details.........

Brilliant capture

one of my favourites on Treknature

PRECIOUS! Amazing captures i am witnessing here!

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