Saturday, October 13, 2012

October Humming Birds



The trees are turning and the temperatures are falling. We have even had a couple of nights with light frost.

But the humming birds are still around. 




I thought that after we began to have night time temperatures in the mid 30s that the little hummers would start their trek southward.






My neighbor tells me that I should take the feeder down so that they will move on. Normally I don't remove it until I no longer see the birds at the feeder.
So I did a Google search, visited a couple of the sites and learned that the little birds are cued to migrate by the sun. As the days become shorter they begin their move south.





I have tried all summer long to capture the little birds up close, but haven't had much success. Until a few days ago.
As I was filling my other feeders with fresh seed two hummers kept flying around and lighting in the trees.






So I went inside and grabbed my camera. They would sit on the tree branch and allow me to walk up close to them as long as I moved slowly.
I loved how I was able to capture the shadow of its beak on the bird itself.








As the cameras shutter snapped the bird would turn as if it was trying to find the sound. 









I was surprised at how long the little bird stayed in the tree. 





Finally as I stepped a little closer it flew off. I was thrilled with the shots I was able to capture. I am not sure how much longer the Humming Birds will stay around, but I will enjoy them as long as they are here and will keep the feeder up as well.





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32 comments:

  1. Hummingbirds are always so fascinating. Great captures, all.

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  2. Hopping by from Camera Critters.

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    Have an enjoyable weekend!

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  3. How great that you got such good pictures of the hummers -- I've never been able to do that (too old and slow I think)....really neat that you were able to catch them just before they migrate. And they're great pictures.

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  4. And you are right to keep your feeder up. It will feed the stragglers. Every year there are a few that are slower to move on south. Once in a great while, one or two will winter here. It is rather rare; but, it does happen. The Daily News did a feature on that very subject some time ago....maybe ten years. I love hummers. They are like little angels.

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  5. Gorgeous profiles of these hummingbirds! Gorgeous touch of shadow from the beak! And love the bokeh tones too!

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  6. You've done a splendid job of capturing the splendor of these beautiful little creatures.

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  7. Mission accomplished - really nice shots of a challenging subject.

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  8. A great serie of photos! You've done a great job!

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  9. I hardly ever see humming birds so was thrilled to see your series of shots. Amazing shadows on the breast!

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  10. great shadow shots on a gorgeous little bird. Keep feeding till they leave. :)

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  11. I wish the hummingbirds were still her in my neck of the wood! These shots are very nice!

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  12. Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  13. Beautiful shots of the hummers. I am glad you had your feeders out, they might need the added extra energy to head south. Have a great day!

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  14. Beautiful photography of one of nature's gems ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. i too, love these little guys. i often stand quietly and wait for them to come to the feeder so i can snap their picture. they will sit and turn their head like that when the shutter goes. LOVE you shots...especially the beak shadow on his breast. beautiful!!!

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  16. oh they are so beautiful!!

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  17. These are very unique and precious pictures. All birds are teasing me. I still couldn't manage to take even one picture of them.

    This little beautiful bird was so kind and let you take its picture.

    Very excellent photographs. I love them very, very much.

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  18. Tose are some stunning bird photos! :):)

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  19. How thrilling to get some great shots. I am about ready to take my hummer feeding down...have not seen one in 3 weeks now.

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  20. Lovely shots! Aren't they amazing little birds?

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  21. Sweet...oh so very sweet. I love all their antics and vitality. Now, I've never heard of 'taking the feeders down' so they'll move on....that's ridiculous....the birds KNOW. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the feeders.

    Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot this weekend.

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  22. What great hummingbird photos. I want to put a feeder on my deck.

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  23. These hummer shots are amazing! Thank you for sharing the information about the feeders because I wasn't sure if I should remove them or not. I think I will do like you and leave them up for the stragglers. Besides, we're almost to the Gulf, so I don't think it gets cold enough to worry about. Have a great week!

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  24. very jealous. i have the feeders but no takers right now. soon maybe.

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  25. So happy for you to get these shots -- ours have been gone about two weeks now and I miss them. :)

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  26. Wonderful photos, one of my favorite subjects.

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  27. Lucky you to have such fine birds near you, nice pictures.

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  28. Wonderful captures! I'm determined that I will have a hummingbird feeder by next spring.

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  29. Great shots! Cute little hummingbird :)

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  30. Beautiful shots of the Ruby-throated Hummer! You are correct that you want to leave the feeders up until you see no more hummers for several weeks. They always need that extra energy when they are migrating.

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  31. Great shots. I really love the Hummers.

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  32. Who does not love a good hummer? Nice pictures, they are hard to find just sitting still.

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