Rufous Hummingbird – A Study

13 06 2011

Yesterday afternoon was a great day for watching my backyard birds. I sat and watched the hummers zip in and out and the adult male chasing off pretenders to his throne… A few shots from the afternoon’s watching:

Comments and Critique welcome!

1. Female/Juvi close-up:

Study of Hummingbirds #6 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Female/Juvi at the feeder:

Study of Hummingbirds #5 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Male in flight:

Study of Hummingbirds #4 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Male in flight:

Study of Hummingbirds #3 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Male in flight:

Study of Hummingbirds #2 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Male in flight (giving me the business end!):

Study of Hummingbirds #1 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Steller’s Jay – A study

13 06 2011
3 hours of sitting still paid off. The Steller’s Jays are starting to almost come closer than MFD… Still working on feeding by hand… They aren’t THAT comfortable with me yet.

Comments and Critique welcome.

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Three from the Backyard

13 06 2011
Three from sitting around on my balcony yesterday:

Comments welcome – Don’t be shy!

1. Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Female Black Headed Grosbeak

Female Black Headed Grosbeak by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Mr Downy Woodpecker

Mr Downy Woodpecker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Photoshopped???

9 06 2011

http://biohazard9658.tumblr.com/post/6354632073/is-it-just-me-or-does-this-hummingbird-head-look

 

In the post above, the author mentions that they think my hummingbird is photoshopped on.  I can tell you with certainty that it is NOT, and that it’s the VERY narrow DoF that you get when you shoot a hummingbird at 7 feet away and a 400mm  lens with F/5.6

The head is well focused but the body gets blurred.  Thank you for stopping by for today’s quick lesson in depth of focus and telephoto photography.





Finches, Hummingbirds, Jays! What a great time to have a feeder

4 06 2011

Things are active around the feeders these days and the hummingbirds seem to be more tolerant of me shooting. Here are some shots from yesterday.

1. My Wet Steller’s Jay
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Wet Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Dodging raindrops.
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Male Rufous Hummingbird by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. In flight.
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Hummer in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A Photoshop rescue – this one was soo dark in the fir tree boughs
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Showing off his stuff by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Male American Goldfinch
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Sitting pretty by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Juvenile House Finch
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Immature House Finch by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

It’s a great time to be shooting backyard birds!








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