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Another hummingbird

Another hummingbird
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-09 21:16
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Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this in the campus of a local college.

The plant is a lantana - the hummingbirds like them a lot.

How long do hummingbirds live?

There's not a lot of data to work with, but most experts think the average lifespan of a hummer is 3 or 4 years. The record was a female Broad-tailed, banded as an adult in Colorado in 1976, then recaptured in the same location in 1987, which would have made her at least 12 years old.

What animals prey on hummingbirds?

Although various larger birds, snakes, and mammals raid hummingbird nests for eggs and chicks, predation is not a major cause of mortality in adult hummingbirds. Animals known to have caught and eaten hummingbirds include cats, small hawks and owls, shrikes, roadrunners, orioles, tanagers, large flycatchers, grackles, herons, gulls, largemouth bass, frogs, spiders, and praying mantises.

How fast do hummingbird wings beat? How do they move?

It depends on the size of the bird. The largest, the Giant Hummingbird, has a wingbeat rate of 10-15 per second. The fastest recorded rate was about 80 per second, on a tiny Amethyst Woodstar, and the slightly smaller Bee Hummingbird - the world's smallest bird - may have an even faster rate. Common small North American hummers like the Ruby-throated and Rufous average around 53 per second in normal flight.

How fast do hummingbird hearts beat?

A rate of 1260 beats per minute was measured in a Blue-throated Hummingbird. In torpid hummingbirds, the heart rate can drop to 50-180 per minute.

(Source: http://www.hummingbirds.net/about.html)

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This is *wonderful*. WOW. The depth of field is perfect, the moment frozen with such clarity...And the background colors bring out the bird's iridescent plumage. Did you do any post-processing to this, or was the background perfect as-is? It just a breathtaking shot.

I wish this was mine! ha ha
Beautiful - great comp - wonderful colors - there's something dreamy about it. Gorgeous!

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-08-09 22:52]

Hi Livio. I have never seen a hummingbird as yet flying but your photo captures their ability and technique so well. Very good composition as part of the flower arrangement. TFS. Murray.

Hi Livio, outstanding shot of this hummingbird, lovely composition, perfect focus, very nice colors and background,
well done,

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-08-09 23:02]

Hi Livio
the colours are amazing, as is the sharpness!

Hi Livio,
An excellent composition with great details of this lovely hummy. Very nice details and ofcourse an excellent note too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Livio,
Very nice composition,great colours and sharpness
well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-10 3:29]

Hola Livio.
precioso trabajo y sensacional pov,
colores y bella compo, saludos

Beautiful colors in your hummer Livio.
Very good DOF, exposure, details, and POV.
Razor sharp at 1/4000th.
Great work & have a nice weekend mf!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-10 4:28]

Hi Livio,
Grea capture with the perfect timing to get even a motionless wings. Beautiful colous, perfect pov and composition.
TFS, José M.

Olá Lívio,
É difícil encontrar adjetivos que descreva esse registro...
Excelente nuance + ótimo POV = composição espetacular!
José Roberto

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-10 5:17]

Hello Livio.
Excellent capture.Very sharp image with lovely colors.BG and flower are also very nice.
TFS Michel

Absolutely beautiful Livio. Wow! The irridescance of the feathers on this species is gorgeous, both green and blue. The orange also adds even more wonderful colors to the full spectrum of the entire image. I love it dude! I hope your doing great. Your friend Paul. :)

Hi livio,
what a fine capture, i liked the colours and the composition very much, sharp image with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-10 9:45]

Hello Livio,
Beautiful capture of this fantastic Hummingbird in lovely bright blue and green. I like the point of view and sharpness is excellent. Very well composed too!
Tfs and regards, Ulla

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-10 11:18]

selam, wow excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely bird nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

This is a great shot Livio! I have seen some recently but I never managed to photograph them, they are so fast! I'm always impressed by people who managed to catch them... Colors and details are superb and this is a beautiful specie. Your notes are most interesting too. Thanks for sharing this beautiful one!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-10 16:17]

Hi Livio,

This may be the best hummingbird picture I have ever seen. Those wings are amazing - you froze them perfectly. The colors, face and eye are magnificent. Beautiful flowers and a superb background. A fantastic composition.


Ola Livio.
Muito boa foto,Nota 10.

Hi Livios,
Magnificent capture!
I like so much the high shutter speed used to froze the bird's flight, and the clear/sharp details got on its iridiscent feathers.
It looks great the mix of colours of the flowers+bird's feathers.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-10 20:32]

Hello Livio

The colour saturation is beautiful in this shot.Excellent DOF and POV.The focus is sharp with wonderful details.A superb image.TFS


Excellent- beautiful colours and detail - well composed image.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-10 23:45]

Ola Livio,
Que linda foto essa desse pequeno Beija-flor
Otima textura e nitides.. meus parabens..


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-11 1:50]

Ola Livio Soares,
Beautiful photo of this hummingbird. Pose you captured, focus, sharpness, composition and colors are very nice. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-11 12:19]

You cannot get any more colorful than that, Livio. : )
Just a beautiful composition with amazing rich colors.
Great pose of the hummingbird with fantastic details throughout.
TFS. : )

Muito bom o momento. Você conseguiu captar com perfeição as cores do beija-flor.

Great and wonderful shot. Sharpness and exposure are great.

What a gorgeous shot! Congratulations on a job well done.

parabéns cara, linda foto, perfeita mesmo. congelou ele perfeitamente!!! lindíssima foto!

Livio, this is one of the best hummingbird stills I've ever seen! The colors are breathtaking!! Just a perfect shot! TFS!!!

Hi Livio. Splendid creature. So precious and so brief a life. perfect shot combining bird and flower and dazzling us with so much brilliant colour. Regards. Klaudio.

Hallo Livio
Trek Nature is a new adventure to me and find it difficult to pull myself away from the computer screen. There are just so many talented photographers on the site and they all have such spectacular portfolios. I came across this lovely “Another hummingbird” in your gallery, and although it is not one of your most recent postings decided to give my smiley to this photo. I tried to photograph this kind of bird on a few occasions but with no luck. They have such a lot of oomph and just don’t sit still. The blue and green metallic colours on this one of yours is striking and blends in well with the flower. You have some splendid images in your gallery and I particularly like the vibrant bird photos. One can see you’re a master with the lens. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

THIS IS FANTASTIC; recently "caught" my first hummingbird and then searched in here to see if anyone else reflected one like mine..and FOUND YOURS..love love love this!

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