Featured Hummingbirds with the Pana-Leica 100-400 (image heavy)

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Mountain, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. Mountain

    Mountain Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 2, 2013
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    I've seen a number of hummingbirds lately, and fortunately I've had my long lens along on a couple of occasions. I know that small sensors and slow lenses aren't supposed to take bird photos, but I went ahead and did it anyway. I've posted some of these in the "Share Birds" thread, but since they keep showing up in my yard, it's probably time to give them a dedicated thread. We planted a number of Agastache plants (nicknamed "Hummingbird Mint") over the last couple of years, and this year especially, it seems to be bringing them in. These are from a few days over the last month or two:

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  2. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
    Sameer
    Fantastic images!
     
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  3. Beautiful work, I know from my own experience how difficult these little buggers are to photograph.
     
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  4. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Hummmm :)

    Very nice technique. Some fantastic feather detail.
     
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  5. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Wow!
     
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  6. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
    Wendy
    Fantastic shots! I have lots of hummingbirds but not a lot of luck capturing them so far. I need to try more often. You've inspired me!
     
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  7. tflovik

    tflovik Mu-43 Regular

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    Tom Eirik
    Was all this shots hand held?
     
  8. Mountain

    Mountain Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 2, 2013
    Colorado
    I think I have brave/dumb hummingbirds near me. They let me get pretty close to them.

    Yes. I rarely use a tripod, except for long exposures. I think they would be hard to track with a tripod, since they are so fast, or you would have to frame wide and then crop. I tried to fill the frame when I could, so many have minimal crop, if any. It means some lost shots and some weird combination of manual/ auto focus, but it works ok for me.
     
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  9. Tsky

    Tsky Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 21, 2015
    Amazingly gorgeous shots, my flabber is well and truly ghasted !
     
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  10. tflovik

    tflovik Mu-43 Regular

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    Tom Eirik
    Amazing details especially considering it's handheld :)
     
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  11. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
    Wendy
    This makes a big difference! In recent years mine have all been extremely skittish, disappearing even if I am 50 feet away, but this year I've had some close encounters, including one while watering the garden this morning and another while weeding near the salvia that they love. I stood totally still and the hummer perched on the feeder for a drink and stayed a while. It was close enough for me to see that it was a juvenile male whose ruby throat was just starting to develop.

    I guess that's my cue not to go outside without the camera and long lens!
     
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  12. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Wow!

    Images 1, 2, and 4 in particularly absolutely knocked my socks off. Some of the best hummer photos I've ever seen, with any equipment.
     
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  13. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Very nice images, I would be happy just getting one of them.
     
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  14. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 13, 2015
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    Jock Elliott
    Spec-freaking-tacular!

    You must have the eye of an eagle and the reflexes of a table tennis champion.

    Seems you're getting your moneysworth out of that lens.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  15. AllanG

    AllanG Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2014
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    Allan
    If I had taken any one of these images I would be ecstatic. Absolutely brilliant.
     
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  16. Mountain

    Mountain Mu-43 Veteran

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  17. jaomul

    jaomul Mu-43 Regular

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    Brilliant
     
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  18. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Really impressed with your work. I've tracked hummers in Mindo, Ecuador, where they are so fixate on drinking the sugar water they barely notice you.
     
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  19. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Little beauties ... well done.
     
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  20. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    jason
    Superb! absolutely superb.
     
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