HOW TO GET A HUMMER TO LAND ON YOUR FINGER

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I’ve noticed that the Hummers go into a feeding frenzy near sunset.I suspect they do it at sunrise too but I’m too lazy to find that out?

I wondered If I could get one them to land on my finger? Hummers have to be one of the most skittish creatures out there! The slightest movement can make them take off in a blur!

So I tried to think of a way I could get one these beautiful creatures to land on my finger?Holding ones arm out is difficult after a few minutes.So you need a brace for your arm.I used a monopod but you can use a tripod or a pole.

I’ve noticed over the last few nights that they go into a feeding frenzy around 7:45pm.So I set up some lights for filming earlier & waited.

Once I saw them starting to “flock”I turned on the camera & placed my finger near the feeding station. It took couple of minutes for one to land but was worth it.I could feel it’s little heart beating so fast! Their tiny talons are sharp but do not dig in. The hardest thing I found was the cold! Their wings are beating so fast that the breeze coming off chilled my hand!

The brown hummers with a dark throat patch are the male Rufous.The female are the ones with spots on their throat.

The Anna’s are the green ones.The males have a throat patch & the females have spots like the Rufous.The Anna’s are much larger than Rufous btw.

MY LITTLE FRIENDS & LITTLE OLD ME HANGING OUT,HAVING A DRINK!

20140422-IMG_1326-220140422-IMG_1320-220140422-IMG_1330-2My little friends have become familiar with me! They have accepted me into their flight zone! A great honour for me personally!
The hardest thing was holding my camera in my right hand (with flash attached) for so long! I soon realized if I adjusted my Mono Pod at just the right eighth for my elbow,that I could make it much easier on me!
They have such sharp little talons but they are very gentle souls! The air was cold & their wings created such a strong breeze! It made my finger very cold!
I so enjoy the time with my little friends & am very happy that they have trusted me so! They must realize that I not only do not mean them any harm but that they have accepted me into their flight zone!

SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIENDS!

20140409-IMG_005220140409-IMG_005820140409-IMG_0062Well,thereeeeeeeeee back!
In force too I might add! I’ve been watching them the last few nights? I open my sliding door & just lean up against it. The feeder is only 2 feet away at eye level from that point. As long as I don’t move,they buzz,hum & chirp their way along merrily! They always come in droves (actually the collective noun for Hummingbirds is a “Charm”) around sunset. Sort of like having a last drink before going to bed. Because there are only 6 feeding stations & anywhere between twenty/thirty Hummers trying to get a night cap,a line up begins to form! I’ve noticed they sit side by side & take turns going in for a drink. They kind of look like a little pumping machine going up & down! If that weren’t enough,a third one will come along & fly above them both trying to get in as well!
So I decided to think of a better solution for my little friends. I went to the local nursery,(OCN) & found that I could buy more of those little plastic flowers! I came home,took the feeder down & drilled 6 more holes.I put the flowers in & refilled. I could hear them chirping away outside! When they chirp,they are upset! It’s their way of complaining. So I hurried back & rehung it. They were in such a hurry that two of them landed instantly while I was still holding onto the feeder! I froze & watched them! They are getting to know me! I’m always flattered when a animal allows me to get close. It means that they have accepted me into their flight zone. They only do that after becoming familiar with you!
So I hung it & immediately noticed that the new flowers were leaking! It appears the new holes I drilled were a hair too big! I brought the feeder back & had a look at it again. By this time the chirping was getting louder & louder outside!
I had to make the hole a hair smaller? Than I came up with one of those brilliant ideas! I put a small piece of Masking tape over the holes. I than pushed the flowerette through the tape. It worked perfectly! The tape was acting like a thin gasket!
So now I probably have the only 12 station feeder in the world?
It appears that they are drinking about 1/2 litre per day. They are mostly Rufous Hummers with a few of the larger Anna’s still around.

I always take great delight in being fascinated by the largest birds (Eagles) & the smallest!

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20130501-IMG_094320130501-IMG_096620130501-IMG_095420130501-IMG_0976I tried something alittle different for these shots.
Normally I shoot with a 300 or 400 mm lens. This allows me not to disturb them.(as much)
I used my 100mm lens tonight! That means I had to get much closer!
They didn’t like that & were chirping (protesting) like crazy! To piss them off even more I put tape over all the feeding station but two,which forces them into the ideal position.
The reason why I used this lens was because the depth of field is far greater with the 100mm! Trying to get them in focus is the hardest part! They move so fast & never stay still.(unless their perched) I prefer to shoot them hovering & try not to get the feeders body in the shot.
It seems like a good idea,but I have to put up my black background. The background is distracting for me & I found the focus was searching!
Learning curve!

“SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIENDS”!!

20130429-IMG_067420130429-IMG_066420130429-IMG_0667It was really windy today,so going out in the boat wasn’t in the cards!
Decided to take a few shots of my little feathered friends! Funny how my two favorite birds are the largest & smallest! Eagles & Hummers!
It’s very hard to get good shots of them both! They’re just so dam fast!!
Tomorrow looks better for being able to get out.

PERCHED

20130402-IMG_908320130402-IMG_9084This Hummer likes to perch on my bikes mirror! It can rest & keep a eye on my feeder. He has declared this particular feeder as his & wards of others! Rufous are very fast & maneuverable!
That red spot is a cars rear tail light. It was dark when I was looking at it but when the flash went off for the Hummer,the light appears to off been accumulated by the tail light & reflected straight back at me!
Just what they are designed to do!

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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!

RUFOUS HUMMERS

To kill some time while I waited to go out in the boat. I decided to take some shots of the Hummers coming to my feeder.
With the sun setting so late,I do not go out until 6pm now. I always chase the golden light!
I popped my flash on & waited for them to come to the feeder. I put small pieces of tape on all the feeding holes except one. This forces them to hoover in the best spot to shoot. They move so fast that just trying to get a good shot is difficult!
Beautiful creatures!

A Bouquet of Hummers

The light today was poor ,so I didn’t get out.
However,I did take a shot of all the Hummingbirds going nuts all around my feeder!
They have gone through one liter of nectar in a 24 hour period! Thats alot of slurping!
They have a thin tongue that looks like a thick hair. They jab it into the nectar and pull it back quickly.
The tongue is coated with nectar. They basically are drinking the nectar the same way a dog laps water.

I found out that a bunch of Hummingbirds can be called a “Bouquet,Glittering,Hover,Shimmer,Tune” and my personal favorite……a “Charm”!
All the males are gone. Only the females and the young are around and around they are!
My feeder has 8 stations and can hold a liter of nectar. They are going crazy right now!
Their drinking like sailors with a weekend pass!

Baby Rufous Hummingbird

This baby will be leaving soon for Mexico and will not only be able to migrate all the way back next year but also remember the exact spot of this feeding station!
I’ve seen them start to arrive in the Spring and look for the feeder. Thats my cue to put it back out.
The only thing they don’t do is knock on the glass and ask for the feeder to be put out!

Hummer

I find it amusing that I am drawn to the very smallest and the very largest birds in the area!
Hummingbirds and Eagles. The smallest and the largest.
I wonder how many hummingbirds would equal a Eagle’s weight? Eagles weigh in around 13 lbs for the female and 9 for the males. I guess I need to find out how heavy the average Hummer is?(not like a “Henway”)
No matter how you look at it………it’s a whole whack of Hummers!
UPDATE:You know I just had to figure out how many Hummers equal one Eagle……..don’t you!
Given that a female Eagle weighs in at 13 lbs (with the average male tilting the scales at a puny 9 lbs) and the average weight of a male Hummer is 3.22 grams and 3.41 grams for the female.
That would make one eagle’s weight equal to 1833 male Rufous Hummingbirds or 1731 females!(roughly)
Looks like the females are larger in the Hummingbird world as they are in the Eagle world!

Stunned Hummingbird

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I found this Rufous Hummingbird on the ground! I didn’t see it initially and had been walking around there a few minutes before. Good thing I didn’t step on the poor thing!
It flew into the window I assume and just lay there stunned! I very gently picked it up and put it onto this spot(good light) and like a good photographer………. grabbed my camera!
It flew off after a few minutes but stayed still on that tree limb for awhile!

The wind was up today so I couldn’t go out!
I just hung around the Harbour and watched for things to happen?

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!