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Shots from the front yard of my in-law's house

Jim Olson

Active member
I always take my camera when we go over to my in-law's and they have a bunch of birds flying around all the time.
Lots of geese, ducks, hawks, and sometimes an eagle or two but the hmmingbirds are always great.
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And a black capped chickadee
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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I always take my camera when we go over to my in-law's and they have a bunch of birds flying around all the time.
Lots of geese, ducks, hawks, and sometimes an eagle or two but the hmmingbirds are always great.
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And a black capped chickadee
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Jim,

I simply love these thumb sized amazing little Hummers!

You have done a great job, taking them from a distance and apparently without flash.

Some folks build a blind and you can get to fill the frame!

Also love that little bird in the last frame.

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
We need to identify the collection!

Here’s a guide of North American Hummers:

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So we can name the 3rd bird easily as Anna’s Hummingbird!
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
What about the others?

Do we have a Broad Billed Hummer in #2?

Is that a Ruby throated species in #1?

I am not proficient in naming, but woukd love to learn. I do know that the age and sex and current molt can influence coloring!

So, Jim or anyone else, can you chime in?

Asher
 
This is a ruby-throated hummingbird as it is the only kind of hummingbird we have here. The reason for the lack of a ruby throat is this is a female and only the male has the ruby throat.
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Although not a hummingbird, I thought I'd show you this moth that is very particular. Firstly it is a daytime moth. Also it's a clear-winged hummingbird moth, so it is quite large and and stay in position flicking it's tongue into a tubular flower just like hummingbirds. They are delightful to see!
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Jim Olson

Active member
Although not a hummingbird, I thought I'd show you this moth that is very particular. Firstly it is a daytime moth. Also it's a clear-winged hummingbird moth, so it is quite large and and stay in position flicking it's tongue into a tubular flower just like hummingbirds. They are delightful to see!
That is so cool... I've never heard of it.
TNX
 

Jim Olson

Active member
Jim,

I simply love these thumb sized amazing little Hummers!

You have done a great job, taking them from a distance and apparently without flash.

Some folks build a blind and you can get to fill the frame!

Also love that little bird in the last frame.

Asher
The last one is a black capped chickadee.
And yes, I just used my 100-400mm to get close.
One is a Anna's hummingbird & the other is a Rofous hummingbird.
 

Jim Olson

Active member
Jim, the shots are getting better and better.

Do you have a branch you can put close by where they can perch and rest?

Asher
Thank you... I'm trying different things all the time.
Also, I mostly have the bird feeders that my wife fills but we do have trees around in the backyard but not much light in the dense area of the branches.
 

Jim Olson

Active member
Hummingbirds are just awesome. I wish we'd have them over here in Germany.
I'm sorry to hear that. We have many hummingbirds here. I guess I never thought about it but you have hedgehogs & we don't 😂
I would love to get some pictures of hedgehogs.
My wife is an army brat & was born in Germany, and said that they could find hedgehogs in the garden.
 
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