SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!

20140109-IMG_2605I now have 4 Hummingbirds coming to my feeder! While the majority of North America is in a deep freeze,I have 4 new feathered friends visiting me!
I shot this one today. It’s a female Anna’s Hummingbird. They like my feeder because it’s got cover from the rain & wind! She was just sitting there contently watching it pouring!

HUMMERS

The cloud was doing it’s usual tricks today so I wasn’t able to get out at all! I could of gone yes,but with poor light……….”why should I”?
So,I stayed home today & took a few shots of my little feathered friends. I got a new lens & wanted to know how it reacted to something fast? I was very happy to find that the lens is even faster than my Hummingbird friends & sharp too!
The weather doesn’t look very good for the next two days either!

Annie

I finally got a shot of her! I found she doesn’t like to pose for me. A bit skittish.
Annie has been coming to my feeder for about a month now.She has the entire feeder to her self! Annie is a Anna’s Hummingbird and is from California.
I found it strange that a bird would head north to cold Canada during the winter from a warm California? I asked a good friend of mine, who is a leading bird expert (Adrian Dorst) why something so odd like this could happen?
He told me that the birds have been migrating north because of humans planting flowering plants! The more flowers (winter flowering) we plant,the more we encourage them to travel north.
I’d like to throw my 2 cents in. When Hummingbirds go north,I think they realize there is little if no competition for nectar sources!
That means they can relax more.
Still weird if you ask me!

As far as Annie goes,all I know is that she likes my feeder and I’m going to make sure she has some good rich nectar to slurp up!

That Frontal system approached Tofino this afternoon and passed over us at sunset. I anticipated this and headed out to the beach for sunset.
It actually arrived a hour too late. The sun set before we could get any good light. The sky did “go” but not to any great degree.
Tomorrow should be sunny and I plan on going to see my furry friends (the Lions) down the Inlet! I can’t wait to see what they’ve been up to?

Rufous Hummingbirds

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Thierrrrrrrrrrr backkkkkkkk!
My little friends are back and zipping about!
Shooting these guys takes alittle patience.
You need to have a feeder that they already know about firstly. Than lower it a few feet,so that when you sit in a comfortable chair ,it’s at eye level.
You’ll need a tripod, a 400 mm lens and a flash! Set up about 15 feet away. Get the focus on the feeder and wait.
Then put a piece of tape on every opening of the feeder, except the one that has the best angle for you to shoot him!
You need to set it up so that you’ll be very comfortable In that chair. You will have to keep your hands on the tripod and shutter button all the time.
If you try to move while it’s there,he’ll spook and zip away!
Unfortunately the blood will start to drain from your arms and you’ll have to rest after awhile. Thats usually when they come around! If you try to go for the camera they’ll book it!
Use centre focus only and try to have a bright background.
They have a habit of going into the feeder and than backout. I time my shots to shoot him when he backs off!

Rufous Hummingbird

This is a male Rufous Hummingbird and he belongs to the second largest grouping of birds. He has over 343 cousin Hummingbirds and they have the largest brain of any bird!(4.2%)
They also can vary their wing beat from 80-200 beats per second. It’s during a mating session that their beats are so fast. The heart beat can go to an amazing 1260 times per minute! They can however place themselves into a state of rest (Torpor) and lower their heart rate to 1/15th of their normal rate.They can go into a dive and achieve a downward speed of 90 Klicks(thats 60 mph for the unenlightened with metric)
They also have no sense of smell and are the smallest creature with a spine.
As you already know,they can hover and fly up,down,backwards,and forward. Amazing creatures!

Rufous Hummingbird

These guys are fast and the only way your going to get a shot is to be clever.
Put a piece of tape on three of the four feeding stations. This way he/she has to go to the one that your focusing on. use a tripod and flash. You will need to keep very still and that means your going to have to keep your hands up on the camera. If he/she comes by and you have your hands by your side and you move your hands up to your camera……he’s long gone before you ever touch your camera. If you want to get comfy,lower the feeder so that it’s on a better angle with you sitting down. This way you can last longer. The blood does drain from your arms and you just know it’s going to come by just when you lower your