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La Silhouette

La Silhouette
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-05 11:25
Viewed: 3769
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hummingbirds are a useful--and fascinating--addition to any wildlife garden, not only for their pollination skills, but also for their amazing wingspan and maneuvering. These tiny miracle birds feed on nectar from flowers, so providing native plants with red, tubular flowers is best.

Feeders designed to hold sugar water "nectar" will be used by hummingbirds too. Most models are colored red to mimic their favorite flowers.

How to Mix Your Own Hummingbird Feeder Nectar

1. Dissolve one part white sugar in four parts hot water.
2. Boil the water if you plan to store the nectar in the refrigerator.
3. Never use honey, which ferments easily, or artificial sweeteners, which have no food value for birds. Red food coloring is not recommended as it may be harmful to birds.
4. Let the solution cool to room temperature before putting it in your feeder. You can store homemade nectar for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Once you fill your feeder, don't forget to empty, rinse and refill your feeder every two to three days (especially in warm weather) to prevent spoiling. This ensures that hummingbirds won't become sick from drinking bad nectar.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-05 11:35]

Hi Bob,what a nice and a beautiful backlight,a very different and unusual way to capture the nature,and a very good pic too whit the best sharpness and focus on the bird in-flight,excellent idea! Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-05 12:34]

Your recipe for hummingbirds is also good for butterflies Bob, but you put it into a yellow plasytic flower-like feeder.
Nice silhouette, taken with superb timing and sharpness from an ideal POV.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-05 13:23]

Hello Bob.
What a unique and interesting shot.I liked use of backlight,BG and visual impact a lot.Hummingbirds have good with them.Best regards Siggi

hello Bob

the silhouette flight pose of this Hummingbird
brings atmosphere effect to the photo,
you captured the bird superbly in the airs, TFS


Ciao Robert.
Anche questa arte fotografica molto interessante bella .
Ciao Marco.

Thanks for sharing the ingredients for making the nectar, Bob. Somehow, there is no hummingbird around my house.
You have captured this bird in perfect timing. I heard that the wing flaps for this small bird is very fast. Not an easy task and this is well framed.
Keep warm and kind regards - Jusni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-06 1:04]

Hello Bob,
the silhouette is splendid. Well taken and frozen at the best moment.
A very special view of a bird in flight.


This is sheer art work, Bob.
I like the very original concept of shooting a Hummingbird in silhouette.
Thanks and hope you are keeping well now.

Ciao Bob, lovely silhouette of flying bird, wonderful artwork, splendid composition, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-06 18:45]

Hi Bob,
I love silhouettes, but I hate spelling it. This is a real beauty my friend, thanks for sharing it with us.

"Dear" Bob,
I should have dedicated the 9 master--ting monkey shots to you; was not sure if the administration would remove them. So, I held back. Anyway you got them via Ingrid: "Smilies for Bob" on fb.
How did you manage to get this one. PERFECTION!!!
Always a pleasure to view your work, my dear dear pal.
Keep well... love you.
Mario in the COLD!!!

Magical! It has a fairy tale feel. Great use of shutter speed. Wonderful creativity utilizing shadow.

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