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The Hummers Are Here!

Posted by: Lara Ellis on 05/08/2013 - 8:29 PM

This is going to be a good hummer season for us. I just counted 6 and they haven't even had their babies yet! Here is one of the girls. :-)

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Posted by: Andee Photography on 05/08/2013 - 8:33 PM

Have fun Lara! I hardly ever see them expect here! :(

I do not have a good enough lens anyway. Do you set outside and wait for them?

 

Posted by: Janine Riley on 05/08/2013 - 9:04 PM

She's a beauty !

waiting on ours. : )

 

Posted by: Lara Ellis on 05/08/2013 - 9:33 PM

Thanks Andee & Janie, they are pretty much around all day off an on and they are super friendly. I shot this out my open living room door from in the house. Sometimes I sit outside and wait for them though. I just hang a feeder and a hanging basket with red flowers and they come :) What kind of lens do you have Andee? You can actually get quite close to them. I've had them land on the feeder while I'm holding the feeder! They are small but fearless and curious.

 

Posted by: Andee Photography on 05/08/2013 - 9:35 PM

I have a crummy kit lens and a 50mm

 

Posted by: Lara Ellis on 05/08/2013 - 9:59 PM

What's the size of your kit lens? And kit lenses aren't necessarily bad lenses. If you make friends with the hummers you can get with in a foot or so of them.

 

Posted by: Lara Ellis on 05/09/2013 - 7:41 AM

Here's one of the handsome boys :)

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Posted by: Andee Photography on 05/09/2013 - 11:22 AM

Mine is not great that is why I only shoot with my 50mm now. It will be a long time before I have better gear.

 

Posted by: Christina Rollo on 05/09/2013 - 11:48 AM

Great shots Lara!!

Andee, Lara is right you can get extremely close to hummingbirds once they get used to you!

 

Posted by: Phyllis Beiser on 05/09/2013 - 11:57 AM

We have three so far, just arriving! I love to just sit on my deck and watch them fight over the feeders. Seems that no matter how many feeders I put out, they want to control them. THANK GOD THEY ARE SO SMALL!!! Could you imaging if they were a larger species with that personality? We would all have to wear protective gear to step outside.

 

Posted by: Christina Rollo on 05/09/2013 - 12:14 PM

I just shared this on social networking. A short video clip of one of our hummingbirds last year. Maybe you will enjoy it too :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TW8MlTaUB28

 

Posted by: Bradford Martin on 05/09/2013 - 12:34 PM

Take care of my hummers for the summer. I'll take them back in August. My regulars left a month ago but I did have a nice male stop by a few days ago to feed on my coral and cape honeysuckle.

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Posted by: Lara Ellis on 05/09/2013 - 10:15 PM

@ Christina, they are so much fun. Thanks for sharing that awesome video! Today my husband rescued one that flew into our living room from the open door. Later in the evening one landed on the bill of his hat! I can't help but wonder if it was the little girl he rescued. We have a bumper crop of the feisty little creatures this year. We usually start out with 2 or 3 but we have 7 that I could count so far. I think it is 5 girls and two boys. I may have to get another feeder. @ Bradford your hummers are in good hands, we feed them well, hang baskets of flowers for them with the sugar water and we have flowering trees and bushes in the yard for them. :) They must have been well cared for this winter by you since we have so many this year!

 

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