Summer’s End

Hummingbird,

Mid-September, I look out the back, and here’s this hummer “guarding” the four feeders  . . . well, more like half-guarding-half-sleeping.

It’s sitting on the flower basket, dozing off against the morning chill (it was overcast, and the light was bad, so I’m shooting at a high ISO, meaning more grain), and woke at the sound of the camera snapping the photo.

Hummingbird,

That made it fly to the hanger for the feeder, where it promptly resumed his guard duties.

But, to its credit, the shutter noise did get its attention . . . really, I need to get a camera that does not make so much noise.

Hummingbird,

This time it realized where the noise was coming from . . .

Hummingbird,

. . . and gave me “the look”.

Hummingbird,

The title refers to this being the last of this year’s hummingbirds photos; the end of Summer per my personal way of marking these things.

To be sure, we had hummers until nearly two weeks ago, but I didn’t snap any picture of them. They were obviously not my ‘regulars’; probably migrating birds, and very reluctant to let me get close, let alone snap a photo.

My last two feeders are coming down tomorrow, it being two weeks since I’ve seen the last one. That’s the recommended wait time before removing feeders.

Last year we had bad weather by early October, and were worried for at least one hummer.

This year we think they are done passing through. But back to my friend. I’ll only post a few shots here, but the SmugMug Gallery HERE has the whole series.

Anyway, it had returned to the basket handle, still giving me ‘the look’.

Hummingbird, Hummingbird,

. . . and even posed a bit, giving me a bit of profile.

Hummingbird, Hummingbird,

Next it did what still mystifies me about birds . . . they leave a perfectly good, perfectly flat perch location, and go perch on a slope.

Look to the right!

Hummingbird,

Look to the LEFT!

Hummingbird,

Sleep!

Hummingbird,

And once again, the shutter noise startles it . . . and it don’t look pleased!

Hummingbird, Hummingbird, Hummingbird,

All of the above (and more in the gallery) were shot with my 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens . . . but since I’m already shooting a high ISO, and the photos are already grainy, I done grab my 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens. Better zoom, but slower lens, so higher ISO and more noise.

Hummingbird,

Yes, it’s still trying to sleep.

Vigilant!

Hummingbird,

. . . dozing off . . .

Hummingbird,

Vigilant!

Hummingbird,

. . . eyelids gettin’ heavy . . .

Hummingbird,

Must. Stay. Awake!

Hummingbird,

What’s that on the inside of my eyelids?

Hummingbird,

I’m awake! I’m awake!

Hummingbird,

I hope it made it to its winter-ground. 

Most of all, I hope it comes this way again, and perhaps even decides to stay.

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17 Responses to Summer’s End

  1. robert okaji says:

    That hummingbird definitely has an attitude,

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  2. hihowsyou25 says:

    awesome post and great capture of such a charming humming bird , well done !

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  3. oneowner says:

    The 80-400 seems to be an excellent bird lens. You would pay a small fortune for a faster one but I’m not sure if you would get better photos. Software noise suppression is really very good these dsys so much cheaper that the lens. Pros can justify the cost of a fast lens I suppose but I could never.

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    • disperser says:

      It really shines in good light (many of my hawks in flight photos are with that lens),

      It was $2K when I bought it, and you can pick up that same model used for about $1,400. The new version is $2,600.

      Here’s a review of the lens byThom: http://www.bythom.com/80400VRlens.htm

      I need to send mine in for a tune-up. It’s a little noisier than it used to be when I bought it in 2002.

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  4. You definitely got THE LOOK! Must of been a female hummer! ??? ;-) :-D Or are the female hummingbirds plain looking, and the males colorful?! I’ll have to google that! :-)
    Cool shots!
    I hope all the hummers made it safely to their Winter homes!
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  5. This is a really cute Hummingbird, it is sad they are migratory because I think they would get used to you and your camera at the feeder. Amelia

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  6. PiedType says:

    Oh my, that is one angry hummingbird. Funny, knowing how tiny they are, to see one looking so ferocious.

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    • disperser says:

      The coloring is what gives them their look, but it’s mostly our anthropomorphizing, and less any specific mood they might be in.

      If you like hummingbird photos, here’s a few of mine . . .
      http://smu.gs/1wiCRZ6

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      • PiedType says:

        Absolutely delightful! Were all those shot in Colorado? I’d not heard of a calliope before. I thought here we had mostly rufous and ruby-throated. Not that I’ve studied them that closely. These pictures are wonderful. You can see every feather, every color. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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      • disperser says:

        Yes, all those are Colorado birds. We had a few in Michigan, but they were difficult to get close to. Not so here. Just in case you’ve not seen these:

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  7. AnnMarie says:

    Very charming series of shots! Nothing like getting close-up and personal in SmugMug. And mother especially liked the videos with them perching on your finger. That’s gotta be a unique sensation.

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