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Old Jul 2, 2007, 11:24 pm   #1
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Couple more Hummingbord shots from today

First of all, the more time I spend around these little birds, the more fascinated I am with them. The other day, I was going to change out a couple of feeders and I decided to hold a feeder on my knee. A hummer fed right off of my knee. Awesome. They are hard to count, but I think I have at least 7 or 8 coming now, and it's a trip when 3 or 4 show up at once. They are very territorial and aggressive towards one another, each one competing for it's own feeder. I have 4 feeders up now.
Anyhow, here are a couple of shots from tonight. These are shot about 2.5 feet away from the feeder. The first one is not a full crop, but full zoom. I cropped the feeder out a bit is all.
The second one is a similar shot with no zoom, but at the same distance.

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Old Jul 2, 2007, 11:25 pm   #2
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Old Jul 2, 2007, 11:50 pm   #3
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Nice shots Bro, it is fascinating to see those little birds so closely,mike
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Old Jul 3, 2007, 12:18 am   #4
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Thanks guys. They are amazingly unafraid of me sitting there 2 feet away.
I have been buying the feeders at the dollar store.
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Truly amazing shots, Rex.

I have a question....Do you buy the powdered mix, or do you the sugar/water mix, and what is the ratio you use if that is the case?
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Old Jul 3, 2007, 8:27 am   #6
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Awsome photos Rex...I was sitting on the deck last year and had on a red plaid jacket and one landed on my forearm.We have several visiting the feeder here everyday.They are truely a wonder of nature for sure.....
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Old Jul 3, 2007, 11:59 am   #7
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Originally posted by RedWing1
Truly amazing shots, Rex.

I have a question....Do you buy the powdered mix, or do you the sugar/water mix, and what is the ratio you use if that is the case?
I used to buy the pre-mixed stuff, but now i use cane sugar/water mix. I also add just a touch of natural red color, but thats not necessary.

Ratio of sugar to water: a quarter cup of sugar to every cup of water.
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For my feeders I use 1 part sugar to 4 parts water, boil it for a few to liquefy the sugar. I make it by the pitcher and keep in fridge for easy refills, I do not add color (to messy I usually get it on something!) and they don't seem to care what color it is. And change it every few days. Becky
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Hey Rex, I saw in my Birds and Blooms magazine awhile back that you can get them to eat out of your hand! Just take one of those little green vials you get for a single flower from the florist and fill with nectar. Then craft a flower to put around the opening and they will drink from it if you hold it still near where they normally feed from the feeder and soon learn it too is a source of food. Then you can simply sit out in a lawn chair and they will find you with the vial in hand. I have one, and my 7 yr. old and I are going to give it a try. I'll let you know if it works. I think I might find a bright yellow or red silk flower to attach around the opening to attract them more. Beautiful shots, by the way!
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I believe it'll definitely work Lisa. I had one feed out of that same tube feeder resting on my knee. I didn't know if it would work, but it sure did!
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