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Nectar for Breakfast

Nectar for Breakfast
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 8:27
Viewed: 2987
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Hummingbirds are birds in the family Trochilidae, and are endemic to the Americas. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 15–80 times per second (depending on the species). They can fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so. Their English name derives from the characteristic hum made by their wings.

Hummingbirds are small birds with long, thin bills. The bill, combined with an extendible, bifurcated tongue, allows the bird to feed upon nectar deep within flowers. The lower mandible can flex downward to create a wider bill opening; this facilitates the capture of flying insects in the mouth rather than at the tip of the bill.

Hummingbirds feed on the nectar of plants and are important pollinators, especially of deep-throated, tubular flowers. Like bees, they are able to assess the amount of sugar in the nectar they eat; they reject flower types that produce nectar which is less than 15% sugar and prefer those whose sugar content is around 25%. Nectar is a poor source of nutrients, so hummingbirds meet their needs for protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. by preying on insects and spiders, especially when feeding young.

Most hummingbirds have bills that are long and straight or nearly so. The two halves of a hummingbird's bill have a pronounced overlap, with the lower half (mandible) fitting tightly inside the upper half (maxilla). When hummingbirds feed on nectar, the bill is usually only opened slightly, allowing the tongue to dart out and into the interior of flowers.

Like the similar nectar-feeding sunbirds and unlike other birds, hummingbirds drink by using protrusible grooved or trough-like tongues.

Hummingbirds do not spend all day flying, as the energy costs of this would be prohibitive; the majority of their activity consists simply of sitting or perching. Hummingbirds feed in many small meals, consuming many small invertebrates and up to five times their own body weight in nectar each day. They spend an average of 10-15% of their time feeding and 75-80% sitting and digesting.


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Hi My beloved Big Sister Jane,
An expertly taken shot of a hummingbird in-flight with nice details and composition. Many thanks for sharing this fine image. Take care!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-04 8:35]
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Hello Jane,
An excellent action shot of a female Annas(?) Hummingbird taking nectar in a lovely composition against the blue sky. The flowers are a fine ingredient in this pleasing composition.
TFS this beauty,

BTW I don't know if you noticed, but ID'd your Sulphur butterfly.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-04 8:35]

Hello Jane,
Excellent capture of this hummingbird. Excellent sharpness.
I like very much the composition. Light and colours are great.
Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-04 8:41]

Hi Jane. I should love to see a humming bird one day . But for now i shall enjoy the pictures that you post. This is a fine one of the bird taking nectar from the flower. Good detai land coours. well done TFS.Good notes too.

hello jane,
nice capture, your timing is perfect to shoot ehis beautiful moment, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-04 8:58]

Hello Jane, This is a superb shot and an excellent details. Lovely composition. TFS Ganesh

Surely you have a good eye for nature Jane, you somehow found that tiny hummingbird among all those leaves and flowers and captured a fine shot while it was feeding. Good job my friend, TFS this nice piece of nature.

Hello Jane
I feel semi qualified now to judge inflights whilst being objective on the equipment used on the capture.
And I can tell you this is a blinder!!..The S5 is a great camera but it certainly isnt designed to be used for this type of shot especially when you take into account the use of a convertor.
This far outweighs technically any SLR capture.
As for a crit on the photo....Theres no point in wasting words..Its a favourite.
All the Best
Mr T

hello Jane

for this shots like this one in French we say
« photo prise sur le vif », superb shot with fine POV and framing,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details of the image,



Hi Sister.
Beautiful composition and perfect shot. Colors, lights and details excellent. TFS.
Warm regards.

You really give a feeling of stretch here Jane, not only in the bird but in your neck as trying to get the angle so good...and hold the camera steady as well...It is another of your new hot shot images...I envy you....I would love to spend this winter in AZ...however G-d tells me I must do something here first...that is the way...

Hello Jane
I like very much Hummingbirds. They are really very beatiful with colorful and shiny plumages and cute bodies. Your capture also wonderful. You managed to capture it among dense vegetation. Great focus and composition. light and colors superb. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Jane. The image of this small bird is well captured sucking the nectar. Nice framing with very good focus on the subject. I like the sky in the background at the plant in the composition. Pleasing image and well done. Regards. Jusni

I can imagine how difficult it is to take a picture like this one, Jane.
However, you have proved yourself upto the task through this wonderful image of a Hummingbird sipping nectar from a flower.
The image is very impressive as a whole, but I specially like the blurred wings that suggest very high rate of movement.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Jane,

Excellent capture of this hummingbird in flight-mode. Framing and POV perfect, nice little eye catch to finish off a great image, t.f.s this beauty.

All the best Rick :)

Hi Jane,

what a great shot.
The wings in movement and the body are still. Great exposure time.
I hope you can'read it.
I like the pose of this little bird.
Such a bird we don't have here.
Brautiful colours too.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-05 7:44]

Bravo, dear Jane.
Fantastic in-flight picture. I like pattern created by leaves, twigs and flowers. Cute bird is looked among them amazingly. Superb timing, great sharpness, wonderful rich colours and lights. Charming skill work. All my compliments.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-05 13:26]

Hi Jane,
another superb shot of a Hummingbird.
You captured it in a great in-flight pose :-)
Good sharpness.
Excellent composition.

Well done,

Ciao Jane,
spettacolare cattura di Colibrì, ottimi POV e composizione con un bel contesto ambientale, molto buona la definizione dei dettagli, molto belli e naturali i colori.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-05 17:49]

Hello My Friend,
OK, you are starting to rub these wonderful hummer pictures in aren't you. Fantastic capture Jane, I'm envious.

I love seeing these when they are in a natural surrounding instead of the feeders.
Fantastic stop and position.
Glad you shared it.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-05 23:45]

Hi Jane

A lovely shot - a great composition - I love the blurred wing and sharply focussed eye.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-06 3:52]

Hello Jane,
Another very fine capture of a little Hummingbird seeking nectar from a beautiful shrub. Do you have any clue of what it is? I love the trumpet-like flowers as does the Hummer!! Good sharpness and lovely colours.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Olá Jane

Lindo efeito das asas do pássaro, a composição e cores ficaram muito bonitas.
Grande abraço,

WOW... great capture of the hummingbird. Beautifully composed and great POV. Just a fantastic shot Jane... TFS


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-10-08 14:15]

Nice hummingbird shot! Ours have all left for the season. Gary

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-11 9:32]

Another fine shot of the Hummingbird Jan! Taken at the right moment, it's beautifuland very well photographed, well done, thanks!


Hello Jane

A beautiful capture of this hummer.
The flowers are lovely and add a super splash of colour to this shot.
Wonderful POV and DOF.


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