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my first Hummingbird

my first Hummingbird
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-14 19:55
Viewed: 1976
Points: 8
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it was my first sighting of a Hummingbird, and that in wild! so much i had heard about these tiny birds.. since my childhood. so much i wanted to see them.
had seen many photographs. here in TN too. most of them were just great. compared to that, this one is nothing. at first, i thought of not uploading this pic and wait for a better one, someday.. but then, there is always something special about the 'firsts', right? :)
had to share.

that whole morning i was in my 'treasure island'. it was for the first time that i had visited the core region of it. was risky, but i was as if hypnotized.. the ambiance was mesmerizing.

it was a bright, sunny day. i noticed something on the top of a tree, at far. at first i thought, it was just a leaf. it was so tiny and at so far.. but then, on a second thought i felt like it had changed shape! how comes?! i used my camera, zoomed in and oh, God! it was a bird! so tiny??! and i knew what i had seen :) it had to be a Hummingbird! well, even the camera couldn't get best out of it. i had to go nearer. but by the time i managed a closer approach, the bird was gone. but something told me, i was not going to leave the place so soon :)

i waited there for one and half hours. these tiny things kept on coming and going. hardly staying for more than 5 seconds! first of all, it was difficult to locate them through the camera lens. secondly, without a tripod, it was very difficult to focus properly so fast. lastly, i was standing on some ant-nest and couldn't move as that could alert the birds!

i still carry the marks out of those ant-bites, but am so happy to meet these birds, at last!

may be i will get more scopes to meet them, may be i'll be able to take some excellent shots on them too, but it was truly an experience..

and well, this is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). a female.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-09-14 20:01]
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Hello Ruby,
Sounds like you went through alot to finally get your first shot of a hummingbird, but I'm sure you will agree it was worth it..even the ant bites:( One thing you will have to watch out for in Tenn. is Chiggers...they are much worse then ant bites.
Anyways congratulations on your first hummingbird photo!!

Ciao Ruby, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Oh ruby!! its such a rush to see one and then CAPTURE it!! I so know the feeling! TFS so so enjoyed reading your note!

Hello Ruby,
Nice composition,
With regards,_Joy.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-09-17 6:57]

Hi Ruby
Congradulation for that first capture.They are so fast and small that it become sometime very difficult to capture them but with patience and determination ( and you seem to have both of them ) you will acheive your goal.
TFS that great moment Michel

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