Friday, July 13, 2007

Hummingbird Reflection

Friday, July 13, 2007
Man the hummingbirds are thick on the farm right now, especially around the feeders on the front stoop.

One of these days I am going to set up the camera and blind and try to take some decent hummingbird photographs.

One of these days...

All I've managed to do so far is aim the camera at the feeder a few times and snap off a few frames. No thought given to background, exposure, framing, shutter speed, ISO...

I've gotten a few interesting shots. Here's one, cropped two ways.

This female might actually be a very young male (see the faint gorget streaks?)

I wonder if she is checking out her reflection on the feeder's plastic surface?


On July 14, 2007 at 6:36 PM The Clown said...

How often do you think about parrots?

Not often enough. These 5 tips will have you rushing out to the pet store.

In fact, don't delay. Don't even read the rest of this article. Don't even get dressed, get in your car and go buy one.

Then rush back to find out how darn useful they are. Why are you still there? Get going now.

You back? Take the wrapping off of your parrot. Sit it on your shoulder, peering at the screen with you, so you can learn together. Prepare to be amazed.

1. Parrots mimic what you do. There...did you see? They are amazing creatures. In that split second, they discovered how to use a PC, keyboard and mouse. You can now get a proper job, and your parrot will blog for you all day. Better still, when you get home, they'll tell you the best posts they read, recite any comments you've received, and save you trolling through the usual nonsense.

2. Not many people know this, but parrots are fantastic swimmers. They love it. And they can save you a fortune on plumbing bills. Blocked toilet? Simply flush your parrot. They get right to cause of the blockage and their beaks are especially designed to break up the crap. When the parrot emerges for air grab it straight away. They love it so much, they'll just dive straight back in otherwise. Can't be bothered washing them? Stick 'em straight in the washer. They adore the spin cycle.

3. Lazy? Overweight? Unfit? Pissed off with society telling you to eat less or exercise more? Fear not. Parrots are not only IT-savvy, they are amazing chefs. And you can combine those skills together. They can internet shop. Have the ingredients for your favourite meals delivered, and a most fantastic gourmet delight served piping hot for your arrival home from work. Parrot feathers absorb grease, oils and other leftovers. So when you have finished, simply wipe your plate with your parrot. Voila! a clean dish for your next meal tomorrow.

4. Take them to the office. Perched on your cubicle, specially adapted bluetooth headsets make them ideal secretaries. They can take sales calls. Answer the usual bull you have to listen to from colleagues. And shit on them if they really get on your nerves.

5. Improve your sex life. Chase your parrot around the room vigorously for 10 minutes. Make whooping noises. It has to be frightened. The adrenaline transfers an irresistible hormone which can be extracted from the sweat. Wipe it with a cloth. Dab your neck with the cloth before your date. DON'T go into the restaurant. Instead meet her for a drink. One whiff of your parrot-aroma will save you a fortune. She will want to go back to your place straight away. Just try stopping her undressing you in the cab home.

On July 16, 2007 at 9:26 AM S Fuss said...

Looks like a female to me with the white on the tail feathers....

On July 16, 2007 at 10:35 AM Bill of the Birds said...

Dear Clown:

Whoa! Get out much?

S Fuss:
Thx for the ID input.

On July 16, 2007 at 11:42 AM Rondeau Ric said...

Considering you just snapping away you got a decent image.


On July 18, 2007 at 7:57 AM Mary said...

What you consider to be an "OK" photo is grand to me! I like the challenge of photographing hummingbirds.