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to tangle.

Disputes over whose turn it is at the feeder... two male Anna's hummingbirds get aggressive.

More hummingbirds here in my hummer gallery: [link]


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:iconwnaturalism:
WNaturalism Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Supeb!! Really Magnificent !!!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
:blowkiss: Thanks!
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SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing moment You've captured. Nice work!
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ShapingPerfection Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is f#*@ amazing!
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FrancescaDelfino Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
it's possible vote your photo here: [link]
Good luck :huggle:
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zasu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
great capture of this battle moment too! :clap:
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I could hear their wings hitting at times :wow:

we only have a couple birds this time of year and while I miss them, I sure don't miss filling the feeders every day :laughing:
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AvisCelox Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent job! I've had no luck photographing hummingbirds, but your photos are beautiful.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thanks so much! Having the time to hang around the feeder for several hours (and taking a ton of shots:giggle:) helps with the luck :D
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: Bravo! What a capture! I shouldn't have looked, I don't like mine so much anymore. :no: :lol:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Oh noooo! Don't think that!! I felt the same when I first started watching Walt...practice helps, but mostly it is confidence and having the birds be used to you. And as always - lots and lots of shots :giggle:

I was so thrilled that I got this fight!

Lots of the incredible hummer shooters here on dA spend lots of time and energy with flashes and strobes and I know that I should pay more attention, but I'm not usually willing to give up that much time :giggle: the sun coming over my shoulder works pretty darn well :D
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LoneWolfPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I know what you mean...it would really be a hassle to set up strobes and all that all the time but I'm simply gonna have to try...the results are too interesting. :nod: I know, I do get some good shots, but they just look so drab compared to yours and Walts. :(
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
the steps I just sent will help with the color issue... I use the camera strobe occasionally, it helps with a bit of fill and freezing the action when it is a bit darker out or I'm in the shade...
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Wonderful shot
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
thank you! I was so thrilled that I actually caught them :love:
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
:hug:
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Visoris Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Amazing capture!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
:D Thank you so much! I was amazed too :giggle:
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Artist
Sweet Shot!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
:aww: thanks! I was so surprised that I actually caught them!!
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Artist
:sun:~Special moment,thanks for sharing it!!...Well Done!!:clap:
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:iconavinadav:
Avinadav Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
HAHA. I love this!!!!!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I was soooo thrilled to catch this battle or ballet, which ever way you want to look at it :D
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si23 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
So beautiful...Congratulations!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
thanks! I was so thrilled to catch this battle :w00t: they normally don't "fight" right in front of me...or if they do, they don't hang around long enough for me to catch the action!
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Chateaugay Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
I've heard hummingbirds can be surprisingly feisty for such tiny creatures. :shakefist: Even with us if we get too close to their nests! :wow:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
indeed they are! the males love to declare a "feeder boss" and try to defend it from all other birds :giggle: Sadly I've never found a nest, but I'm sure they defend those!!
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ERB20 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you get these in your garden?? Amazing shot again :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
yes...we have over a dozen that frequent the two feeders :D I love having them but they are sooooo greedy :laughing: I'm making about six cups of nectar a day!!
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ERB20 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. I wish we had birds as lovely as that in our garden. Can I come to yours?! You're certainly kept busy by them!! At least it gives you lots of photo opportunities :laughing:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Sure! Are you anywhere close to California :D I have actually met a handful of dA'ers in "real life" it is always fun!

We live in a very rural area so have lots critters around to pose :giggle:
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ERB20 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha unfortunately not! I'm in the UK :( I've never met any DA'ers. It's on my to-do list =p

You're so lucky, we're fairly rural but everything around here is very shy and won't pose for you :(
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Ah, shucks...:wave: maybe on a vacation to California :giggle:

I hadn't met any before I moved 450 miles away from my personal friend base and didn't know anyone except for my husband's family - I kept an eye out for photos of our new home area and started "talking" with the photographers eventually meeting up at the zoo or other public places. Now one is my best friend :D

Being "fairly" rural, I think, actually makes the animals more shy - where we are, at the end of a mile long gravel road that ends in a 1000's of acre cattle ranch, there's no cars to be wary of or hunters and only four homes each on about 10 acres. In reality the animals are shy but not too skittish as long as we stay far enough away...for that I love my 300mm lens and "lust" after something longer :giggle: Many of my photos are taken from inside my house - a great 'blind' :D Another thing that allows the animals to come closer to the house is that we don't have a "manicured" yard - the natural hills/trees/grass surrounds us except for a small fenced garden...so the deer will wander by on their regular foraging trails. :love:
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ERB20 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well that would certainly be fun! ahah.

Nice! I don't see too many photos of my area on here, Flickr is better for that. I'm yet to meet someone off here.

I would agree with you about the shyness. I think they're used to humans enough to come into town but they're too shy to hang around when we come out as they know what we are. You're better where they have nothing to be scared of. I would love to live in a place like yours. Not for another few years yet, gotta finish uni and get a job to afford the extortionately priced rural homes here.

I would love a longer lens but they're so expensive :( I'll keep my fingers crossed for the lottery then =p. I try and take photos from in my house as we get a good selection of birds in our garden but even then my camera is so noisy it scares them away :( my 21st is coming, I'm gonna get a new camera ahah.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
To be honest the photos weren't exactly of my area - more like about an hour away (Lake Tahoe or pics of Sacramento - California's capital, also about an hour away in the opposite direction) but still "close"

we were only able to afford this kind of home-small'ish/property-large'ish by leaving southern california where we bought our first condo back in 1985...we sold our home (the third one we'd owned - always selling the current first and "moving up") and were able to reap the rewards by paying cash up here where things are MUCH less expensive - mostly because we are very, very remote LOL.

So keep on task with Uni!!! (My daughter :iconcaitiekabob:, who is 21, will be entering her final year at Uni this fall - she is soooo tired of school, lol)

I know what you mean about costs on the lenses! I got my "new" macro for less through ebay...birthdays are always good for new "toys" :giggle: I got my Nikon d300s for our 25th anniversary/Christmas/birthday :D
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ceciliay Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Featured your lovely work here:[link]
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
:hug: thank you so much (if I haven't already!)
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ceciliay Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
you are very welcome :love:
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Liz-in-BackoBourke Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
I love this and have featured in journal :D [link]
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Thank you so much! I'm off to check it out :wave:
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Liz-in-BackoBourke Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
This is way too cool and you are very talented to have taken such a detailed action shot :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Thanks so much! I was thrilled that I was able to catch this 'dogfight'! They were buzzing all around me and I kept wildly shooting, lol, finally realized I had to stay more centralized right by the feeder and eventually they came to me :love:
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
So beautiful... I wish we had more hummingbirds in Michigan :(
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
thanks! they do come through on their way to Canada, right?
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Well, we have Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, but nothing else. They're pretty, but not quite as striking as the Anna's Hummingbirds and some of the other southern hummers. And we don't have a very hummer-friendly yard, so I don't see them too often :(
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
It does seem that Ruby's are the most traveled east of the Rockies - main difference is Anna's have the whole red helmet, so yeah, when the sun is right they are flashy! A feeder will bring them to an apartment so if you want .....
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I will probably put out a feeder this week. I've just been to lazy to so far =p
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
:fingerscrossed:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional
Super sweet
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
:D I was so thrilled to to capture this!
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