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    Re: Hummingbirds - Comments?

    We've got a hummingbird feeder hanging outside the patio door although recently they seem to be spending more time chasing each other away from it than feeding from it.
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    Re: Hummingbirds - Comments?

    Quote Originally Posted by David M View Post
    We've got a hummingbird feeder hanging outside the patio door although recently they seem to be spending more time chasing each other away from it than feeding from it.
    Wow! I thought hummingbirds were a tropical or sub-tropical species?

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    Re: Hummingbirds - Comments?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    Wow! I thought hummingbirds were a tropical or sub-tropical species?

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    Most of them are, and they all winter in warm climates. But many migrate long distances (several thousand miles) up north for the summer. They really are amazing in so many ways. In addition to nectar, they eat many insects to power those fast wings. They are very vocal as well, and the males are very competitive when it comes to the lady hummingbirds. Different species can be specialized in size, shape, and length/shape of their bills for the particular flowers they feed from.

    For a great documentary about hummingbirds, see the PBS series "Nature" here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episo...oduction/5424/

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    Re: Hummingbirds - Comments?

    They're a summer visitor for us and West Arm Rider. We only get one species this side of the Rockies, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Ours are so aggressive at the moment they're chasing the Black-capped Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches away from the sunflower seed feeders.
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    Re: Hummingbirds - Comments?

    Here's a method for getting pictures of hummingbirds that I hadn't considered: http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/n...udubon-birdcam

    Takes a lot of the fun out of photography, though!

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    Re: Hummingbirds - Comments?

    Thank you for the post! Just spectacularly lovely photos and compositions. You must really be scratching your head to try to improve on them! I would give up, pat myself on the back and say "well done"!

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    Nice close up. I prefer the one with blurred wings.
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