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Lick O' Licious

Lick O' Licious
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-18 21:22
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Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
MY 50th POST! A minor milestone, because I did not think I would be good enough to survive here. But, not only have I survived, I feel that I have taken my photography to a much higher level. The many members that critique/comment here has been unbelieveable. The quality of photography that is posted on this site always gives me motovation and ideas to try and take one of even higher quality. I fail alot, but I keep trying. Thanks to everyone!!!!!

Another female Ruby Throated Hummingbird shot from off
my back porch. Nothing like being able to sit on a nice comfortable sofa, slide the screen open, and take some photos. After eating from my feeder, she would fly up to the top of the metal hook it hangs on and run her tongue in and out several times. I woud say she was licking her lips, if she had any....

Oh, and I promise to never, ever, show a red plastic flower from my feeder in another hummingbird photo.
I was taken to the woodshed over that one..

Here is some excellent info on this species of hummingbird.

Identification Tips:
Length: 3 inches
Long, straight, thin bill
Small hummingbird
Bright green back and crown
White underparts with greenish flanks
Adult male:
Iridescent scarlet gorget
Black face and chin
Entirely dark forked tail
White chin and throat with variable amounts of thin dark streaking
Dark, shallowly-forked tail with white tips on outer tail feathers
Similar species:
No other hummingbirds occur regularly over much of its range, but there is some overlap in the southeast and Texas. The Broad-tailed Hummingbird is similar to the male Ruby-throated, but has a rosy-red throat rather than a scarlet or ruby throat patch. Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds can also be identified by their black face and chin, and their distinctive call notes, and the lack of a wing whistle produced by their wings in flight. Females are similar to a number of other female hummingbirds, and are best told from the Calliope Hummingbird and species in the genus Selasphorus by their lack of rufous on the flanks and in the tail. Anna's Hummingbirds are larger and have grayer chests, while Costa's Hummingbirds differ only in subtleties of facial pattern and tail pattern. Black-chinned Hummingbird females are essentially identical, and are not safely separable from female Ruby-throateds except in the hand. Best told from all species except Black-chinned Hummingbird by call.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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LOL at your note, I guess I'm one of the people that took you to the cleaners!

Great capture, truly, Scott! The colors, DOF and POV are spectacular. Thanks for sharing this beauty, and great note too!


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-18 23:37]

If only I could write a good english...
I would like to write that this photo is very good.
And that is the first time I see this bird so well show to my eyes.
Ready for 50 more?
Great work, Scott. Thank you.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-19 0:08]

HI Scott,
Nice shed. I like how the birs is licking its lips. It must have been a good feed.
I did't mind your red flower feeder, it showed that you look after your subjects.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-09-19 1:15]

Very nice. This bird is very fantastic......

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-19 1:21]

Wooooooow ! What a superb and interesting bird that you have well captured ! I like very much its beak and feathers. Neutral background and sharpness are very good ! Great note too. Congratulations Scott and thanks for sharing.

Hi Scott,
Brilliant shot!
Excellent colour and details, very nice background.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-19 3:40]

Congratulations on your 50th post here, Scott, and many more to come. I have thoroughly enjoyed your pictures, and this one is no exception. Sharp details and perfect exposure. Excellent composition and POV. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • sun10 (155)
  • [2005-09-19 4:03]

Very nice capture, i wish you could crop a little to make the picture smaller. Very good note.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-09-19 4:09]

Bonjour Scott, bravo pour ce superbe oiseau mouche aux splendides couleurs. BG and composition are perfect. TFS Didier.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-19 4:17]

So, is that her tongue she is pointing out? Great catch Scott. The beak is long enough without her tongue added to it. SHe's nice and sharp, very clear to see, and especially against theBG. Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-19 6:36]

Hello Scott!
Very nice capture.Details,POV,catchlight in eyes,dark BG,pose of bird and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Great capture. Good sharpness and exposure with good details. Nice composition.

Hi Scott
Very nice capture of this bird
I really like it

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-09-19 12:28]

Nice portrait, Scott. Good colours and DOF. Interesting informations in note. Good work.
Rgs, Aleksander

Very nice capture Scott, excellent details and composition. Love the colours and the bird itself is a real eye-catcher. I would have darkened the lights in BG alittle. Love this bird its a beauty. 7/10 Very nice work.

A stunning shot, and what a beautiful bird - I really cannot believe she was in your back garden!!
Great pov and a perfect pose.
Thanks for posting and congratulations on your 50th post ...

Great shot Scott,
Congratulations on your 50th post, the ones I've seen have been excellent. I look forward to seeing your 100th and more.
Excellent detail, sharpness and composition. The colours and exposure are very good. excellent POV.
Thanks for posting, have a good day

Way to go Scott, Very nice & Thank You!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-19 22:06]

Hi Scott,
Very nice capture, i like the clear detail & bird's pose, great colours & light. Dof & pov are excellent.

congratulations on your 50th post!

Have a nice day,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-19 23:21]

Scott, a beauty.

Composition is a winner. Colors, mood and catchlight are really lovely.

As for your survival here, I had no doubt this would happen. Be sure I do learn with your photos.

Keep on bringing them.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-09-20 1:09]
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Muito boa foto! Nitidez, fundo ótimo, cores e composição.

It's a beauty, Scott. a great 50th post, congrats.
The composition and POV are great. Nice colours and very goo details. It stands out very good from the dark BG.
Excellent work.

Hi Scott!
Beautiful capture of this hummingbird with her tongue out! Nice POV and DOF. Excellent details and sharpness. I love these birds. Congratulations on your 50th post!

Hi Scott

Nice work. Lovely colours. Good light and exposure. Stands out nicely against the dark BG. Good POV and sharpness. Nice work. Thanks. :-)

You have been inspired by others here on Trek Nature as you have inspired me to improve on my photography so I know the feeling, believe me. You belong here on Trek Nature as much as anyone I have seen post.
I am proud to say that a friend took this picture not only because your a friend, your a very, very top-notch photographer. I am not just saying that. You have proved to me time and time again. In the short time that I have known you, you have improved so much. I agree that your at a higher level because of Trek Nature BUT the classes you have taken, the never-ending interest that you take in your hobby amazes me. You once told me I was bitten by the photography bug. heh.....you sent him to me!
Really, This shot is a rarety that I've never seen before. A humminbird tongue? C'mon who would have thought someone could actually take a picture of that. I wish I could award you a 50 foot smile! Great notes, you go all out for your posts. Congrat's on the 50th Post.....You picked an incredible one!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-09-25 12:13]

Hi Scott, nice shot. It's very simple and effective, excellent pose with the tongue out. Pretty good contrast with the dark bg too. Very well done.

What a beautiful bird! I absolutely love this picture, the beautiful colors. I never saw such a fat one before, in my garden, they always looked skinny. I really miss having a garden.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-30 7:35]

Wow, Scott! You've posted this one when I was on holidays. This is really superb picture! So detailed, sharp, with perfect BG. Cute subject, perfect moment and great note. All post is very, very good!

Congratulations for your 50th!

Hello Scott!
Very nice capture.Details,dark BG,lighting,POV,sharpness,lighting,proud expression on face and composition are excellent.TFS...;-)

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-09-30 20:09]

Excellent capture Scott.
I love the expression on birds face,he is looking at you during this shot:)Nice sharpness,pov,colors,DOF,DB and note.TFS
CT of Chicago

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-10-01 6:16]

Wat een prachtige foto van een zeer bijzonder vogeltje.
De kleuren zijn geweldig en is ook goed scherp.
Mooi werk zeg !
Gr Lia

sharp and clear. the birds stands out due to the black bg. I like the action as well. TFS!

Congrats on the 50th Scott. Thanx for the contributions you have made so far. This is a stunner. Nice 50th. Very well done.

great shot. love the sharpness and the tongue sticking out is great.


hello Scott,
great notes all around. Congratulations on your 50th- I just passed it too.
It is a good felling, isn't it?
Wonderful capture, incredible sharpness and details- WOW.
Good POV from your sofa :)

Lovely bird! excellent exposure and well composed. thanks!

Hello Escott.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

I am fascinated by this photo. And more than a little bit awed by it. What a beautiful gem of a photo. You are indeed blessed to be able to take such wonderful pictures.


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