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atavuss
11-03-2009, 10:36 AM
a while back on a vacation trip to the coast the place we stayed at had lots of hummers, I took many shots but this was one of the very few decent ones.
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-9/400648/hummer.jpg

YakMotor
11-04-2009, 05:06 AM
Nice shot!* Know well what you mean about the "few of many" as I've dumped zillions of megapixels of missed Anna's humminbird* shots in my recycle bin.* *Can be frustrating shooting, but when you do get a good one knowing the challenge makes it even more precious.

I interact daily with the Anna's that come to the* feeder on my deck ... usually with my head acting as a pylon that's raced around as the dominate male chases away hungry competitors.* Watched a bit of turnabout a few days ago as some sort of "sparrowish" bird (maybe a phoebe from fleeting glimpses I got of it) decided to chase the hummer.* Didn't chase under the deck cover as the hummers do, but was repeatedly harassing the male from the trees out front.* Finally decided I wasn't going to let that big "turkey" get away with bullying the poor little hummer so I took to squirting at it with the garden hose sprayer.* After three long range squirts at the tree it would land in between attacks I convinced it to give up it's game and leave the area.

I submitted a set of three of my Anna's keepers as an entry to one of dpReview photography website's
challenge contests.* Took 7th place out of 112 entries.* You can see them here:
http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Challenge.aspx?ID=2197

atavuss
11-04-2009, 10:00 AM
thanks for that link Mark!* I liked the last picture of your series of the hummer.* the kingfisher pics were great too, can't remember the last time I have seen a kingfisher, any around Amador?*
I have seen a brightly colored Oriole twice feed out of our hummer stations, really spectacularly colored birds!* we have a bright red plastic ball on the end of a red rope on the garage door, whenever the garage door is open usually a hummer will fly around the red ball inspecting it carefully.

YakMotor
11-07-2009, 09:20 AM
I see kingfishers rarely.* My RV's location doesn't let me see the nearby shoreline where they usually hang out.* Got this shot from a neighbor's deck.

http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/4576/Kingfisher086.jpg

Hummers can be bold and assertive and always fun to watch.* I had one repeatedly fly into the spray of the squeeze grip nozzle I was using to sprinkle a shrub.

Viewing challenges at dpReview has been inspiring, entertaining and educational.* I just recently decided to participate by voting and entering.* It's dpReview's forums, galleries, and challenges where I've spotted a good number of awesome kingfisher photos.* Where ever you "sight" them it's a unusual treat.

I recall identifying a Bullocks Oriole at Stony Gorge Reservoir because I got a good look at it's side and it matched close to what I saw in the bird books.* Very vivid yellow as I recall.* Don't know what this guy is, but figure it might be an oriole because of it's bright colors (which I enhanced a bit editing mostly by brightening shadows) ... anyway since this face-on photo is the only decent "look" I got of it I'm not sure if it's enough for bird book comparison.
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/6659/oriomaybev1167.jpg

Team Mc Fishing
01-18-2010, 08:52 PM
Nice pic. I have to get some of my photos uploaded here. I try to take my camera with me when I go out, just not in bad weather since its expensive and large. I use a digital SLR canon so it's isn't a pocket sized point and shoot.