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A couple more hummingbird pix
Posted by: DP
Date: August 24, 2017 07:16AM
I've been trying to get images of a male so I've been trying to attract more hummers. I researched feeders as, even tho we have a lot of flowers around, there doesn't seem to be a lot of hummingbirds around this year. I bought a brand called a HummZinger which is a highly rated feeder. Their selling points are a perch so the birds can sit while they eat and therefore they don't have to expend energy flying while they eat. They also have no yellow color on them which attracts wasps and hornets (according to their sales spiel). And I have not seen any adult males yet.
So I just put out my Canon SX710 on a tripod and video'd anything coming to the feeder then took some screenshots from the video.
I have two separate birds coming and, based on mrlynn's post, I believe the pair are the mother and it's baby that I posted pictures of earlier and I use the pic of the baby as my current sig.
But interestingly, I believe they are competitors now. I have noticed that when one is at the feeder and the other shows up, there will be a dispute, probably territorial. Mom helped the baby in it's early days, but eventually it's on it own and life reverts to the usual competitive situation.
Here's Mom at the feeder:



And the baby, which is a male, taking it's turn:



I can see that the baby is a little smaller than the female, and the spotting on it's throat will become the beautiful color next year that gives the Ruby-throated Hummingbird it's name. Hope it returns...





A throwback image to celebrate Autumn.

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Re: A couple more hummingbird pix
Posted by: Billybob
Date: August 24, 2017 07:26AM
Nice!

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: A couple more hummingbird pix
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 24, 2017 07:56AM
I saw a very plump hummingbird yesterday, while I was working in the garden at our local nature center.





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Re: A couple more hummingbird pix
Posted by: DP
Date: August 24, 2017 08:09AM
Male or female? Male Ruby-throats may be migrating already-they leave as early as the end of August. Our female from last year didn't leave till the first few days of October.





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Re: A couple more hummingbird pix
Posted by: riley5108
Date: August 24, 2017 08:40AM
As always very Nice DP!!



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Southern Indiana, B-Town
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Re: A couple more hummingbird pix
Posted by: billb
Date: August 24, 2017 08:42AM
They're fast, unless they stop to check you out, quite often they can zip right by unnoticed, so if you think that was a hummingbird, it probably was. One of the original ADD birds of flight. heh.
They don't flock and a lot of banding hasn't been done so their variable migration habits are interesting.



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Re: A couple more hummingbird pix
Posted by: Don C
Date: August 24, 2017 09:40AM
Nice photos!

Most years I won't see the ruby-throated hummers until August and it is just the last two weeks that they have been regular here. I have not seen a male this year.
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Re: A couple more hummingbird pix
Posted by: DP
Date: August 24, 2017 11:05AM
Where are you, Don C? They could be migrating if they're this late.





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Re: A couple more hummingbird pix
Posted by: steve...
Date: August 24, 2017 11:20AM
I've been having one come up and hover near me (4-5') while I'm watering my yard. I've seen them hover over the sprinkler also - must be the water that attracts them. I haven't seen them come as close in the past.




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