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Ruby Thoated Humingbird

Ruby Thoated Humingbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-29 19:40
Viewed: 3470
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know these feeder are not the best looking in picutres, but at least I was able to stand 8-10 feet (3 m) away from him. That short distance created a nice bohkey on the far away cedars.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is 79 cm long with an 811 cm wingspan, and weighs about 3 g. Adults are metallic green above and greyish white below, with near-black wings. Their bill is long, straight and very slender.

The adult male, shown in the photo, has a ruby red throat patch which may appear black in some lighting, and a dark forked tail. The female has a dark rounded tail with white tips and generally no throat patch, though she may sometimes have a light or whitish throat patch.

The male is smaller than the female, and has a slightly shorter beak. A molt of feathers occurs once per annum, and begins during the autumn migration.

More info at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby-throated_Hummingbird

Nikon D300
Sigma 150-500mm Zoom lens
Manfrotto 055PRO B tripod
Manfrotto 029 Pan Head
Shoot and processed in RAW mode

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Ciao Alain, great capture of wonderful Hummingbird in strange and unusual action, fantastic colors and splendid blurry BG, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Your head/eye is clear & detailed, great BG, color, and exposure Alain.
Nice pickup on the red gorget too. Not a big fan of feeder shots, but this one is well done :)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-30 4:34]

Hello alain,
this is a lively capture of the bird. Excellent sharpness and well frozen moment.
how exciting to see the scene, so lovely with beautiful sharp feather colours.


great capture, TFS Ori

Hello Alain,
Nice framing and perspective on this fantastic close-up of the hummer. The exposure is pretty nice with good light resisters. Well done.

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  • Kasek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 13 N: 50] (284)
  • [2011-06-27 5:44]

I was lookin through your works, all of them are really intresting and made with amazing precision. This photo caught my eye. It is really beautiful how this mulit-colored bird is hanging in the air to get something to eat/drink ( I don't know how to name that activity here). Great timing, nice background and excellent details. I hope to see some more of these. Good luck.

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