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Hummingbirds: Some incredible closeup photos!

By Gary Bogue
Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 6:11 am in hummingbirds.

Hummingbird hovering in front of feeder. Photo by Steve Gilcrest, Walnut Creek, CA
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I have a number of hummingbird feeders, but one in particular is situated outside my home office window which is 3 feet from my desk. I get some great views of these amazing little creatures.

I have had one lose it’s grip and fall over backwards, I have seen two birds on one perch feeding out of the same hole where one is upside down, and I also enjoy watching them feed out of my homemade feeder that I fashioned out of a mold I made from my hand. I was trying to desensitize them to the point where they would actually take nectar from the palm of my hand. During the summer months I will bring the feeder inside my office and they will continue to use the feeder. Attached are a couple photos of my friends.
Steve Gilcrest, Walnut Creek, California

Hummingbirds are amazing, fearless creatures with an infinite curiosity about the world around them. When I’m watering my backyard garden, our local male Anna’s hummer will zoom down and hang in the air in front of me so I can give it a free shower from the hose. I can also hold up an eyedropper full of nectar and he’ll come feed from it. What a trip! Your photos are BEAUTIFUL! /Gary

Hummingbird resting on feeder perch. Photo by Steve Gilcrest, Walnut Creek, CA
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5 Responses to “Hummingbirds: Some incredible closeup photos!”

  1. Diane S Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Stunning how the wing moves so fast that it looks transparent in your photo.

  2. Gayle Says:

    Incredible photos Steve. You should be a nature photographer! At least your days in the home office are entertaining thanks to your friends on the wing. Nice to have such joyous distractions while doing your taxes. Enjoy.

  3. Barbara Says:

    Really neat photos, Steve! Very up close and personal! Your project: Capture one with it’s super long tongue stuck out while it’s perched.

  4. Dave Harper Says:

    Great humming bird photos, thanks for sharing them with us, Dave

  5. Patricia Says:

    Beautiful hummer photos. Can you share what lens and shutter speed you shot these at?

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