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on Jul 22, 2020 in Wildlife Photography

“Its Mine, Dang it!”

Broad-billed Hummingbird
captured by D6 / 180-400VR / 2x SB-5000

Hummers are just fun to watch! Their speed, their flying, their character, and the way they think every feeder belongs to just them. And apparently, they have this “possession” complex right from the start. Here, an immature Broad-billed Hummer, not more than two months old is challenging an adult for the right to be at the feeder. Now they eat half their body weight each day in “sugar” to keep that 50 beats a second wings going. But you think they could eat less if they didn’t always fight over the feeder. And in this case, there were FIVE feeders, enough for everyone but no, this one was his, dang it!

Photographically, I love the challenge of getting more than one hummer in the frame. That is challenging enough but getting them both in focus, well, I’ve only gotten close so far to that goal (and you know what they say about close, atom bombs and the like). I shot this with the D6 / 180-400VR & 2x SB-5000 which is my dream rig. Photographing hummers for 40 years, this rig definitely made it the easiest and funniest experience. And I got closer to my photographic goals. I shot a video on the whole process I’ll be posting soon. Good times, good times.

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