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This would make a stunning mother's day card!
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This is absolutely perfect ! Congrats on the well deserved win !
 
tracyduplooy January 16, 2017
Congratulations!! stunning.
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Beautiful capture, absolutely lovely!
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WONDERFUL IMAGE!!
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frenchiepooh January 17, 2017
Congrats.. sublime shot
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Awesome photo
 
Shutterbug_14 March 16, 2017
Beautiful! It's amazing how you captured such a tender moment.
I don't mean to press you but if you're interested, join my challenge. :)
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/hummingbirds-photo-challenge-by-shutterbug-14/gallery
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Susandelisi May 05, 2017
Sooooo beautiful!
 
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Perfect
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What an awesome shot. Amazing.
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Would like to know lens used?
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Absolutely beautiful!
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Alfredo_Jose June 15, 2017
Outstanding, this is a master piece!
 
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Congrats on your finalist award, Suzy - so wonderful! :)
 
Nayeefa September 12, 2017
Magnificent capture! Congrats!
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jlappen September 12, 2017
Just so very well done!!!
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Great capture.
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mcampi September 12, 2017
Wonderful shot
 
photosue50 September 13, 2017
Beautiful!!
 
Shanie October 07, 2017
Wonderful!
 
justastarvingartist December 14, 2017
This is incredible
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marcbaechtold May 14
cool photograph with nice details and good contrasts, keep shooting!
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What a fantastic photo!!

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Mother oasis hummingbird feeding her chicks.
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Won Runner Up in Hummingbirds Photo ContestSeptember, 2017
Won Contest Finalist in Wildlife Babies Photo ContestSeptember, 2017
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Behind The Lens

Location
There was a hummingbird nest in a tree next to a friend's driveway here in La Serena, Chile. Every few months, a female would come and lay two eggs in the nest. The nest itself was about 10 feet off the ground, but by standing on a nearby retaining wall, we could see the mother and the chicks inside. I would check on the nest each day to see how the babies were doing. More often than not, the chicks would be asleep and their backs would be facing me if the mother wasn't sitting on them. One afternoon, the mother returned to feed these two demanding chicks while I was sitting close by with my camera and, fortunately, one of the chicks was facing the camera with his mouth wide open.
Time
I took this in the late afternoon, which is a time that I see a lot of hummingbird activity in the area.
Lighting
Late afternoon sun to the right and behind subject. Not the best light.
Equipment
Nikon D7000 105mm F/2.8 lens
Inspiration
I love watching and photographing hummingbirds. This was the first time I had observed a hummingbird nest and I knew that watching a mother lay her eggs and raise her chicks was special. Much of the time that I was observing the nest the mother was either sitting on the nest obscuring the chicks or she was off feeding and the chicks were just sleeping. Rather boring to watch, really. I wanted to capture something that showed interaction between the mother and her young. Feeding time was it!
Editing
I cropped the photo to remove some empty space around the subject. I also lightly sharpened the photo and added a small amount of clarity and contrast.
In my camera bag
I shoot with either a Nikon D7000 and a 28-300mm lens or an Olympus OMD-EM1 with a 40-150mm f/2.8 lens.
Feedback
Patience and practice. If you watch hummingbirds long enough, you will notice behavior patterns such as where they like to perch and watch their territory, what time they feed, what flowers they like, sounds they make, etc. This helps to identify opportunities for photographing them. And, if you are out there often enough, they will lose their fear of you and enable you to get closer for better shots.

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