|Copper-Rumped Hummingbird (Amazilia tobaci)|
THE CLICK MOMENT: It is during the brief stops, that the photographer should have pre-focused his lens, and have both the flash and camera arranged to take multiple frames. I set a Canon 580 XII at multiple flashes or at ETTL at -1 1/3 to do the fill light. The birds are very close to the camera, the distance between the birds and myself is about 6 feet. How do I get so close to the hummers? by feeding them two times a day, letting them get to know me, by holding the feeder in my hands just after each water replacement, and not challenging their fearless nature.
|Stop/ Who is that? (The photographer)...|
|The flash does not hurt carry on...|
|Full speed ahead. Mind you, that there are two species of Emeralds|
competing for the feeder so drink and go avoids agresive interactions
|Slow down full flap stop|
|Slowing down avoids collition and the birds change into the hovering mode|
|In the hovering mode, the birds will keep their bill inside the|
feeder, they do not move their heads, but their bodies move
up and down and and from one side to the other by flying in
a very steady way so the bird maximices the sugar water intake.
|This species approaches from the side and up close. In this|
case, the bird has a nasty passenger, a tick on its neck.