Hummers Wars 2013 – Part I

I know, I know . . . too much hummingbirds stuff . . . but, in my defense, this is not the last of it.  There will be more.

First up, a quick video I shot yesterday.  Now, one might think this is unusual . . . not so.  I could have shot as many as I wanted.  I just walked out, stood there for a minute, and walked back in.  That scene is repeated at each of the feeders, pretty much all day.  

Understand that not four feet away there are three window feeders with a total of six perches, and eight feet or so from that there are two more window feeders and another hanging feeder . . . and that’s just in the back.

The above was shot handheld with, what else, my Samsung Note II phone.  However, do not think I have forgotten my Nikon D7000 . . . I’ll be posting a couple of videos from it as well. 

However, in the interim, I figure I will add a few of the photos I snapped yesterday.  

From first to last, the sequence encompasses 8 minutes.  These are just the ones I kept (many were very similar to these, and I just got rid of them).

 As usual, all of the photos can be seen in their native resolution in the associated SmugMug gallery (HERE).  They are perhaps a tad grainier than my usual offerings, but that’s because it was overcast, and to even freeze some of the action I was shooting at a high ISO.

First up, some of the close-ups I managed to get.

Hummingbirds,

As one can see from the video above, they are not standing still  for very long.  By the way, we’ve been experiencing wet weather!!  Yes, foggy, drizzly, and often outright rain.  So, these are all shot in slightly overcast and wet conditions.

Pretty much, they birds were either going after someone . . .

Pretty much, they birds were either going after someone . . .

. . . or reacting to someone who was after them.

. . . or reacting to someone who was after them.

For this next shot, I wished I had been shooting with a greater depth of field.  The landing approach in the background would have made for a great shot.

Hummingbirds,

One might notice, both in the video and on some of the photos, the makeshift landing perches.  Made out of heavy gauge wire, those were added to the bottom of the bottle after a raccoon last year broke off the standard perches.  It looks funky, but the hummers don’t seem to mind, and it does allows, on occasion, for two to feed on the same station.

Anyway, as soon as someone lands, another one comes over to ask if they are done, and could they please move along.

Hummingbirds,

The answer is usually, but not always, “Fudge-off!”  (them who like the movie “A Christmas Story” will recognize the intent)

Hummingbirds,

That usually prompts a more aggressive request, and the newcomer gets the spot.

Hummingbirds,

So, here’s some random action shots captioned, as always, with my stream-of-consciousness first impressions.

The Four non-Amigos

The Four non-Amigos

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Three's Company

Three’s Company

I've Got Your Back!

I’ve Got Your Back!

No Room for Old Men

No Room for Old Men

Fight or Flight!

Fight or Flight!

Angry Birds!

Angry Birds!

Charge of the Flight Brigade

Charge of the Flight Brigade

Ecstasy of Nextar

Ecstasy of Nectar

Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs

The Iron Cross

The Iron Cross

"Wow dude!  That's cool!"

“Wow dude! That’s cool!”

We now have eleven 8-oz feeders up, and we’re having to refill them once a day.  This is an unusual amount of activity for this early in the year.   We don’t typically see this kind of frenzy until mid-to-late August, when the birds are getting ready to migrate.  

However, we are not complaining; a welcome change from last year, when we were wondering where all the birds had gone (we had a bunch, but less than previous years).  

I hope enjoyment was had, as I know this makes the fourth post about hummingbirds . . . and there will be more.  Maybe I’ll do flowers next, just as a break.

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32 Responses to Hummers Wars 2013 – Part I

  1. oldsunbird says:

    I’m enjoying the videos and photos of the hummingbirds. I’ve never seen over two or three at one time. These just blow me away!

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  2. oneowner says:

    Hummingbirds are rare around here but we have quite a lot of small finches. If only they were not so skittish I might be able to get some decent shots. These are excellent. I could never get this close to the feeders without scaring the birds.

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    • disperser says:

      I think it helps they are in a feeding frenzy . . . individually they are sometimes very skittish (not always, as photos from prior years can attest).

      Also, the trick to to also not move too fast. Doesn’t work with larger birds, but seems to work with hummers.

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  3. Fantastic shots! Damn impressive birds.

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  4. Eddy Winko says:

    Loved the humming bird series, especially as we don’t get them over here; I’ve only ever seen them with David Attenborough narrating in the background! Enjoyed the slow motion the other day, I must get one of them cameras , so I can speed up the pictures of me working :)

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    • disperser says:

      As near as I can tell, it’s only a digital effect, and only after the fact.

      I tried using it to slow down life, and it failed miserably. Actually made it seem as if it went by faster.

      The only thing I’ve found that makes life seem to pass slowly, is work, and I don’t like that much.

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  5. sandra getgood says:

    Too many hummingbird videos and pictures? No such thing. These are wonderful!

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  6. Thank you sharing these wonderful photos for the world to see. I was also entertained by your well thought out captions.

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  7. AnnMarie says:

    Enjoyed your captions as much as I did the hummers. Lovely creatures, is all I can say. You’ve got some gorgeous shots.

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    • disperser says:

      Just spent 10 minutes sitting out there, hummers buzzing all around my head, and having a number of them land on my finger as I held it next to one of the feeders. Awesome!

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  8. colonialist says:

    Stunning pictures. We don’t have those. The scene was really humming, with some of them given the bird!

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  9. That is pretty amazing. I have two that will fight over the feeder, but yours are like a swarm of hummingbirds. Beautiful photos, too.

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  10. Emily Heath says:

    Beats London pigeons. Impressed you ‘captured’ such fast moving creatures.

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  11. gpcox says:

    I know another blogger who is always saying, “I won’t do anymore humming birds,” and I don’t know why. They are beautiful tiny creatures that everyone is not so lucky to get to see, especially so close. You do people a favor by showing them these lovely photos and please don’t say you will stop.

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  12. I love your hummingbird pictures, especially the close-up ones.

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  13. nonsense! one can never have too many photos or videos of hummers! great closeups! :D

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