Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Our Newest Visitor ~ Ruby-Throated Hummingbird!

This is our newest visitor and I was so happy to get some shots because this one is very shy.  He comes by several times a day now.
Can you see the bright red feathers on his throat? (click on the picture to see a closeup)
I'm still in awe at how they can turn the red feathers on and off! Here they are off, so they just look like dark feathers on his throat.
And now the red feathers are on again!  Amazing huh?

7 comments:

  1. Hi Debra. These are really nice the hummingbird really stands out nicely against the background. I miss seeing them. I used to see them all the time in California but I don't think I've seen one in Pennsylvania.

    Thanks for your nice comment. Regarding your question. My camera is similar to yours it's a Canon T1i and the lens that I used that day was a Tamron 18-270mm the top two shots were F-stop 7.1, shutter speed was 1250 with the focal length of 77mm and 400 iso. I cropped the bottom one but everything was the same except the shutter speed was 1320 and the focal length was 109mm. I should note that they were all a little under exposed and I had to do some post processing to get better lighting.

    Below are some other birds that I photographed with the same lens on the same trip. I bought the lens a few months ago. The photos aren't perfect but I like my bird photos much better than the ones I tried taking with the kit lens.

    http://newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com/2010/01/hummingbird-at-inspiration-point.html

    http://newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com/2010/01/hitching-ride-with-feathered-friend.html

    http://somethingsighted.blogspot.com/2010/01/old-man-and-seagull.html

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  2. What beautiful shots! We have to wait awhile to see them here!

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  3. these are great pictures! I had no idea they could turn the color of their feathers!!! very cool!

    thanks so much for your sweet words....it meant a lot!

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  4. You make me want to run out and get a hummingbird feeder! Beautiful pictures, my friend. :)

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  5. Hummingbirds are such glorious, amazing creatures! How can something so tiny be so incredibly captivating?

    Hugs,
    Debra

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  6. beautiful shots .... and I know how difficult it is to get them clear !

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  7. Wow, you got some great shots for a shy bird. We get the hummers here too, but not that often. If one does show up, where is the camera? LOL

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