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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sugar Wars

The end of August brings wasps. They have taken over the hummingbird feeder and are very aggressive about protecting their sugar supply.The little hummers are quick to dodge the wasps, but this looked like a close call!
We have about four hummingbirds around this feeder, and not only do they battle the wasps, but they chase each other away as well. It is a very active place. Stand off...but the wasp got to it first. The hummingbirds will always let the wasps do what they wish.
The female finally able to have a drink.


lonfrichuk August 23, 2009 at 4:37 PM  

Awesome pictures!!

lonfrichuk August 23, 2009 at 4:39 PM  

Kim, my hubby wants to know what type of camera and lens combo are you using to get these amazing shots?

Laureate August 23, 2009 at 6:35 PM  

Hi Laurel,

Our camera is a Nikon D300 and the lens in photos 1,2,3 and 5 was the Nikon 70-300mm and the other two were with the Sigma 150-500 mm zoom.

It was a fun way to spend a couple of hours...sort of like fishing I guess!


anamchara1 August 23, 2009 at 6:37 PM  

These are absolutely exquisite! Your timing, framing and follow through is dead on ... you've really nailed it!


hilmar1949 August 24, 2009 at 5:57 PM  

Hi Kim,

Your pictures are always awesome. What were the settings, lens speed etc. for the shots of the hummingbirds?

Laureate August 24, 2009 at 8:55 PM  

The camera was set to shutter priority of 1/1000 sec on photos 4 and 5. These were shot later in the day than the other four photos, and they were shot with the longer lens (the 150-500mm). So it was at F 5/3 and the ISO was 900.

The bottom photo was at 1/800 sec, F 5.6 and the ISO was high at 1100.

We hope to experiment a bit more, probably try our 85 mm lens and put it up close to the feeder on a tripod to decrease the ISO and gain sharpness.


Bluedog August 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM  

Amazing photos, WOW!!!

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