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Crowded by kayaksailor Crowded by kayaksailor
More of a documenting shot than art :laughing: We had very unseasonably cool weather with rain yesterday and the hummers were unusually willing to share :wow:

At several points there were over 15 hummers all jockeying for a space at the 10 seater feeder :love:

This is taken through the open window with me about eight feet away!



more hummers here: [link]
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:icont-thomas:
T-Thomas Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011   General Artist
wow
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
lol, yep :D

it is almost too many :giggle: they'd better migrate :shakefist:
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Artist
What a moment!!.....Great Shot!....Thanks for sharing this priceless gathering!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I thought the herd would thin a bit as summer came on...but noooo, I have still a bunch :laughing: And now they're dependent on my sugar water because there aren't any natural flowers blooming as things have been so dry! They go through about 6 cups of nectar a day - the lushes :giggle:
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Artist
:lol:.....We have many Hummer's..never seen a group gathering such as your capture...Great piece of photography!

Even if the sugar is spiced...:rofl:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
prior to this I'd only ever seen photos of the swarm :laughing:

my daughter was telling me today that come fall I'd better stop feeding them to encourage some to migrate...but I'm not sure if Anna's do that!!
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:iconpridescrossing:
PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
OH WOW!!I've never seen so many at one time!!Great shot!!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
I thought it was a "rare" occurrence due to the rain - but it is happening almost every evening now...things have dried out and they're needing the nectar because there aren't enough flowers...or it is easier to come to the "restaurant" :giggle:
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:iconpridescrossing:
PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
:)They might like the restaurant atmosphere!!:giggle:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
:rofl: looks more like a frat party :giggle:
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:iconpridescrossing:
PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
:laughing:
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:iconchalutplease:
chalutplease Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
How incredible to have so many! I'm very envious.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
I know :faint: I have to keep two feeders going or the fights :wow:
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
If you can, try shooting with no strobe or try these settings. Camera- Flash sync speed 1/320FP, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/200, aperture f/7.1. Flash- set to manual and % power to 1/16 to 1/128 and use a diffuser on the flash. It'll eliminate a lot of that reflection. If you can, get the strobe off the camera and have it shoot from a different angle, I use a Nikon flash extension cord mounted on a tripod; it gives about a 30 inch extension.

Walt
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
thanks for the details! I've written them down and will try at some point...these shots were more of a 'documentation' rather than really trying to get it right - I was busy working at my desk and looked up to the sight, I just had to grab the camera and take a couple snapshots :love: I was using the built in flash...
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:icongood-e-nuf:
Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I do that when we're having air to air combat... never works!

Walt
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:icongood-e-nuf:
Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Looks like a poker game!

Walt
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
LOL! I was so amazed at how many there were...with all the coming and going I never could get an accurate count but the closest I know for sure was 15!!
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:icongood-e-nuf:
Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Presently we have ONE who owns my entire yard!

Walt
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
:shakefist:
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:iconcybelemoon:
cybelemoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL 10 seater feeder! LOL
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
:love: I have two and they were both busy that night!! I just looked at the feeder that I filled yesterday morning - needs to be filled again...they sure do suck the nectar down. :iconbottleplz:
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:iconcybelemoon:
cybelemoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... I bet! :D
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:iconalgesiras:
Algesiras Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Writer
You're so lucky, to see so many so close! I envy you. <3
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I've never had so many at once before! It was quite a sight :love:
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:iconrainyskyz:
RainySkyz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011   Writer
I love seeing a bunch of hummingbirds feeding. Mom's feeder was so popular, always full of critters, often fighting over it or begging us to refuel. We never had this color though. More the ruby reds.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
It sure is fun! We've got mostly Anna's - with several families right now, there is also the occasional rufus and a black chinned family. :love:
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Aawww share and share alike :)
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
lol, until you get bumped aside :giggle:
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:iconozone12345:
Ozone12345 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Excellent. One thing I like about Hummingbirds is that they never fight at the feeder. They just wait their turn.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
LOL! I don't know what feeders you've been watching but they sure fight over my two :laughing: The blackchinned gets so upset when the feeders are busy - he will buzz everybody away! But they just go to the other one until he goes away...:icongood-e-nuf: has had to quit filling his because one 'boss' has chased all the others away...

They were more willing to share last night because it was "cold" and wet, but there have been some vicious fights over who's family gets to be feeding!

If you're a facebook member, I put up a video of the turmoil...if you are, note me your name and I'll "friend" you :wave:
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:iconozone12345:
Ozone12345 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
I guess I did not see that side of the Hummingbird persona :-) Maybe it is that the only Hummingbirds that I have experience with are the Ruby Throated Hummingbird and I have never seen them fight among themselves. I do not use Facebook, sorry. Do you use Flickr....I have an account there although I have not used it for a while.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
I've been thinking about your comment and have come up with a hypothesis...possibly because the Ruby's migrated to and from your area of New York they didn't have to develop the fighting trait to deal with hummers that were already there. My anna's are the "native" population and are here year round so any other "brands" that migrate (the black-chinned and the Rufus) have to battle the indigenous population and therefore the fights occur. The same thought can be applied to the competition among the anna's that are here all the time - they don't fight their own family, but they contest other locals for the right to use the feeders...may be totally off base, LOL, but kind of makes sense!
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:iconozone12345:
Ozone12345 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Yes, that does make very good sense. Thanks.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
:D now no quoting me :laughing:
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:iconozone12345:
Ozone12345 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Promise. It will be our secret :-)
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional
With our dry weather the migration routes have shifted and we have not seen any hummers this year
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
your dry and our cold - I think most of these would have gone further up the mountain/hills had we not been still getting snow at 2000' at the beginning of June...they needed to nest, so they chose our area :love: I still never did find out where, but we have definite families come and feed :love:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional
cool
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:icongoldensalamander:
goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
very unusual indeed...I'm surprised
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
I know! I was so fun watching :love:
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:icongoldensalamander:
goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i bet!
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:iconceciliay:
ceciliay Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow so many of them, and poor things all wet. Was this at night? looks so dark in the background.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
it was dark because of the rain clouds and the flash darkened it to look like night...if it had been clear dark was about 2 hours away. I'm also on the shady side of the house...
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:icongellidius:
Gellidius Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
wow, i've never seen more than 3 at my feeder at the same time, in over 20 years...

nice shot.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I''m not sure why there were quite so many this time - combination of weather, lack of natural flowers, young fledglings and rain :love: it was a wonderful sight :D
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:iconbydandphotography:
bydandphotography Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! how do you get so many hummingbirds at one feeder? the most i've ever seen at mine is 2, maybe three.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
LOL, it helps to have most of the flowers already gone for the year...but I think I've messed with 'nature' a bit by being a steady supplier of sugarwater. We've had several nests nearby and there are lots of young - I think if I hadn't been so good at feeding them possibly there wouldn't have been so many young or even so many nesters. They would have been forced to move on to other areas...

Did you see the video I put up on FB?
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:iconbydandphotography:
bydandphotography Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i just watched the video just a couple minutes ago...very cool!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow a hummer banquet
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