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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-03-08 14:29
Subject: [photos] Mama hummingbird on her nest
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A female hummingbird on her nest in the old apple tree hanging over the back fence is darned hard to spot. She's gray, the tree is gray, her nest is built of spiderwebs and lichens, and it is gray.

To complicate matters, I have a lot to learn about this 300 mm lens, but here's what I got this afternoon when I tried to shoot the hummingbird on her nest in the backyard.

She's sitting tight

She flew off backwards just as I snapped this

A slightly different angle

Again, a different angle

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Thomas Jefferson Crowley
User: tjcrowley
Date: 2009-03-08 22:31 (UTC)
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you should crosspost this to backyard_birds
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-08 22:40 (UTC)
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Thanks! Have done so!
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-03-08 23:21 (UTC)
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When I was growing up on the farm, we had hummingbirds nesting in our silver maple. One year the nest fell down, and we were able to rescue both nest and baby. Baby wasn't quite big enough to fly yet, so I held it while my mother rigged up a holder for the nest and returned it to the tree.

I still have the picture of me holding the baby hummer on my finger. It was pretty tame, really.
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User: evaleastaristev
Date: 2009-03-08 23:43 (UTC)
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Once had a hummingbird nest in the tree right nest to the road outside my very urban Seattle, WA home. She was very hard to spot, and yelled at EVERYONE who came down the street.

But they are pretty, and my parent's feed them year round. And the nests, if it's in a place where you can get to it, are actually quite neat if you take them down when the chicks have flown.

Just wait until you try to spot the little baby beaks when they hatch!
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David Reagan: eastern pondhawk
User: coolmajaka
Date: 2009-03-08 23:54 (UTC)
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Keyword:eastern pondhawk
Is that a 75-300? I got one of those for Christmas and have been greatly enjoying the range it's providing. It is trickier to use -- really needs a mono- or tripod to use it properly. Lacking that, make like a tree and stand very still.

Nice shots though. Wish I had some hummningbirds hanging about my house. I have found a Hummingbird moth though, which is pretty cool.
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Sierra Wyndsong
User: sierrawyndsong
Date: 2009-03-09 01:36 (UTC)
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sadly we have no hummingbirds around :(
but i love photographing birds

thanks for sharing!!

really great shot!
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User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2009-03-09 04:26 (UTC)
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Enjoyed the pictures and the story.
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Rhonda Parrish
User: rhondaparrish
Date: 2009-03-09 15:23 (UTC)
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I really like the first one :)
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Mister Eclectic: Hummer
User: howeird
Date: 2009-03-09 22:27 (UTC)
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Not bad at all. A couple of quick hints which are probably just reminders to you:
@ 300mm you're magnifying everything, especially motion, so the tripod suggestion above is excellent. Go for as fast a shutter speed as possible - experiment with high ISO (3200 if the camera supports it), nothing less than 800. A wireless remote shutter release is also a good idea, since you have a fixed target.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-10 00:19 (UTC)
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Getting there...
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