I finally caught the rufuos hummingbird that's been terrorizing the feeders All the other Anna's let him drive them off from one feeder and promptly move to the other...until the rufous get wind and flies off to drive them back to the original one
the number varies depending on the time of year and how dry things are...we're part of the migration path but we have some that stay year round...right now since my garden and feeders are the only thing with flowers/nectar around (summer is very dry in California - we won't get rain until late October - nothing is blooming outside of people's gardens) I'd hazard a guess that there are several dozen if not more! Early morning and just before sunset both 10-seater feeders are full with others waiting...
The anna's seem to be relatively cooperative...the males do fight among each other but seem to be more willing to let everyone drink without tooooo much fuss. What I've noticed is the crowd will be working one feeder, the rufous comes and yells and beats them all up until he's got the feeder to himself not realizing that the crowd has all gone over to the other feeder!! Eventually he sees them all at the second feeder and comes zooming over to start the battle again with the annas all heading back to the original feeder
I am using my zoom because it gives me more flixibility, but I'm standing within about five feet of the feeder...the Anna's are a bit more skittish because of the rufous' bullying, but they'll still let me hang nearby
Wow, that's a lot. The only time that I've been near them is a visit at my mom's and there were only two. Both were ruby throated but the one would chase the other away so most of my time was spent watching them sit in the branches way up high. I can only imagine what it would be like to have them flying close to you. And yes, I think you are a bit mean but I would probably do the same!
[link] a scrap for you to see how many this is where I put the feeder when I'm "formally" shooting - better able to shoot down on them rather than up at the bright sky... I've got a couple other shots where the feeder is hanging in the normal spot up in the eve (taken from my home office window - sitting at my desk) where every seat is taken and there are more waiting not so patiently
That is absolutely incredible! WOW! I'm told that we have many of them here but I've only ever seen them at my bottle brush tree before dawn. I'm wondering if I should get some feeders and see what happens.
I love having them around! You can get inexpensive feeders at Walmart - less than $10 for the larger plastic 10-seater I have...sugar runs more Sugar to water is 1:4 and you don't need to put the red food coloring in!!
Perfect capture! I love how crisp everything is, and those wings! so many beats per second! I'm quite envious of the variety of hummingbirds you have out there Just Ruby-throated ones here in the East. :<
Thank you so much!! They are fun to try and catch I was thrilled when I got this up on my monitor - always a thrill compared to the LCD on the camera We have primarily the Anna's here in my corner of California with a very occasional Black chinned or rufous...
It really is an amazing feeling to see that the photo that looks nice on the LCD also looks nice on the big monitor! Gotcha. I saw several hummers when I was NM, but they were so quick I never really had the chance to ID them! For all I know, they could have all been the same species!
Thanks, Ruth, that was very nice! Sure hope that it was directed at me! You were good to begin with; I did an Obama and evolved slowly. I dislike people on here who withhold information or the people who won't answer questions about their post processing techniques. It only takes one person with a hint to completely change your abilities. If you feel you ever need any info from me on any of my photos, just ask.
The compliment WAS directed at you Your photos gave me the... nerve, I guess is the best word, to actually change and direct the birds to where I wanted them rather than attempting to catch them wherever they happened to be... and your ps tip on the sharpening mask were so helpful!
I've been pretty lucky with getting answers to my questions - though I don't always understand them or have the "right" programs, but I do understand and agree with your "it only takes one..." !