Hummingbirds 2014 – The Videos – 01

Most people who look at my hummingbirds photos might get the idea I am literally swimming in them . . . and they would be right. I currently refill some of the feeders twice a day.

This morning I went out for about 10 minutes, and shot a few videos using my Samsung Note II.

I leaned on the railing to stabilize the phone, and waited . . . just as a point of reference, the phone is about 6 inches from the closest edge of the feeder (the second video says 4-5 inches, but I went out to measure). You should watch this in 1080p (probably need to go to YouTube) and full screen to get the best picture. You can choose the quality by clicking the little sprocket on the lower right of the YouTube window.

If you click the little sprocket, YouTube also gives you the option to watch at half or a quarter speed. Pretty neat, actually.

The phone also has a slow motion mode. Unfortunately, it only shoots at 720×480, so the following video quality is not as good as slowing down the 1080p version. 

The following is shot at 1/8th speed. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing (5 whole minutes!) you should at least watch the last half minute or so.

Also, for them who did not find the hummingbird in the last post . . . 

Near the top, on the right side about a third in.

Near the top, on the right side about a third in.

Once you see it, it’s hard to miss.

That’s it . . . a short post for once, but still requiring 10 minutes or so to go through everything.


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26 Responses to Hummingbirds 2014 – The Videos – 01

  1. renxkyoko says:

    Here at home, we’re as fond of hummingbirds, as well, especially my father.


  2. haydendlinder says:

    You clearly need more feeders. Great video.:)


    • disperser says:

      So far I have seven in the back, and four in front. By the middle of August I will have another two it three.

      The seven in back are all in within ten feet our less of each other.


  3. Wow they are amazing! Where is this in this big wide world of us?


  4. I love these video. Really amazing. Hummingbirds are such fascinating creatures. I see them ones every so often, but haven’t even tried to captured their speedy movements. Well done!


  5. fodrambler says:

    I have been watching the Humming Birds appearing on different people’s blogs for a couple of weeks now. It is nice to see video of them Thank you. :)


  6. oneowner says:

    The quality of the videos is excellent and the non stop action is amazing. I’m ashamed to say I have never attempted a video either with a phone or camera. Talk about wasted potential.


    • disperser says:

      I admit the first and foremost instinct is to take a photo. However, when I remember, I then go hog wild on the videos (I have a number of them taken with the D7000 and different lenses – not sure when I’ll process them).


  7. Oh aren’t they cute! We don’t get them here. I’d love to have some come visit me. Thanks for sharing the video Emilio :)


    • disperser says:

      I could freeze-dry a couple and mail them there . . . just thaw them out slowly, and then back away; they’re going to be pissed off something fierce.

      Seriously. you have sunbirds which, from Wikipedia, resemble hummingbirds. Don’t know how common they are. They too feed on nectar.

      The sunbirds feeders look a lot like hummingbird feeders:


  8. sandra getgood says:

    Wow, that second hummingbird cased the whole area, including the strange guy holding something weird in his hand and making strangely amusing faces, and apparently decided that the first hummingbird was the biggest problem and was the obstacle he would have to remove if he was going to take over this bonanza of feeders and yummy food. And once he decided, he had his strategy all worked out. Can’t help wondering if he has cleaned out all those other freeloaders by now.


  9. So many nice photos of these sweet birds. Impressive to see how they work.


  10. Emily Heath says:

    The ones which sit down and sip have the right idea, uses less energy than flapping about and hovering to drink. I wonder if the hovering hummingbirds are nervous about encountering the Gengis Khan of hummingbirds.


    • disperser says:

      I have the impression, although i’m not sure, the ones that hover are the young ones. Most flowers don’t come with perches, so perhaps using one is a learned behavio(u)r. Hovering, on the other hand, is probably what comes naturally.

      Then again, I could just be full of . . . well, ,just full.


  11. AnnMarie says:

    There isn’t much to add to what has already been expressed above except to say that it must have been exhilarating for you to have them so near. Close encounters of the best kind!


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