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Feeding Time



Mother oasis hummingbird feeding her chicks.

Mother oasis hummingbird feeding her chicks.
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Contest Finalist in Just Hummingbirds Photo Contest
Runner Up in Hummingbirds Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Wildlife Babies Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Hummingbirds Photo Contest
Canon 12.1MP Camera
Contest Finalist in The Beauty Of Birds Photo Contest
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28 Comments | Report
marynkapino
 
marynkapino December 14, 2016
This would make a stunning mother's day card!
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake January 16, 2017
This is absolutely perfect ! Congrats on the well deserved win !
tracyduplooy
 
tracyduplooy January 16, 2017
Congratulations!! stunning.
hiyahercfarm PRO+
 
hiyahercfarm January 16, 2017
Beautiful capture, absolutely lovely!
sharilee Premium
 
sharilee January 17, 2017
WONDERFUL IMAGE!!
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh January 17, 2017
Congrats.. sublime shot
juliaodd
 
juliaodd January 17, 2017
Awesome photo
Shutterbug_14
 
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
Susandelisi
 
Susandelisi May 05, 2017
Sooooo beautiful!
chethu_b23
 
chethu_b23 May 15, 2017
Perfect
ladyvet PRO+
 
ladyvet May 24, 2017
What an awesome shot. Amazing.
Rickmazgay
 
Rickmazgay May 28, 2017
Would like to know lens used?
charlenecampbell-wood PRO+
 
charlenecampbell-wood June 07, 2017
Absolutely beautiful!
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose June 15, 2017
Outstanding, this is a master piece!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq September 05, 2017
Congrats on your finalist award, Suzy - so wonderful! :)
Nayeefa
 
Nayeefa September 12, 2017
Magnificent capture! Congrats!
jlappen PRO
 
jlappen September 12, 2017
Just so very well done!!!
TimothyPrincehorn PRO+
 
TimothyPrincehorn September 12, 2017
Great capture.
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi September 12, 2017
Wonderful shot
photosue50
 
photosue50 September 13, 2017
Beautiful!!
Shanie
 
Shanie October 07, 2017
Wonderful!
justastarvingartist
 
justastarvingartist December 14, 2017
This is incredible
marcbaechtold PRO+
 
marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
cool photograph with nice details and good contrasts, keep shooting!
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography May 23, 2018
What a fantastic photo!!
Julia_137
 
Julia_137 July 30, 2018
Great picture ! Come and check out a few of mine sometime ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„
beckyreding PRO+
 
beckyreding July 31, 2018
Stunningly beautiful
AvigayilPhotography
 
AvigayilPhotography September 10, 2018
Photos like this really touch my heart. :) Great image!
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO October 16, 2018
nice photo shoot

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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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