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PIC OF THE WEEK: 08/11/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

(Archilochus colubris)

Where: Norfolk, VA • Norfolk Botanical Gardens (www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org)

Notes: Dreams really do come true. Since the first time ever I saw a photograph of an active Hummingbird nest many years ago, I hoped to one day have the opportunity to photograph such an event some day. Well an invitation came and I could not pass up the chance. After a two hour drive, we arrived at the nest. It was only slightly above eye level, but suspended offshore over the edge off a pond, about twelve to fifteen feet out. There was a span of about ten feet left or right to line up the shot, but the best location to me seemed to be far right, because of the female would consistently perch on the left side of the nest. The light was challenging, but at least in the full shade the light was even, though there was very little of it. A little compensation to slowdown the exposure meant a higher ISO rating. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the smallest bird species that breeds in the Eastern United States and only the female raises the young. She would show up and feed the chicks about every thirty minutes on average. The nest was bound with spider’s silk, lined with plant down and hair, and camouflaged with various lichens. Even at this short of a distance, when I took my eye off of the nest, it seemed to disappear and would take a few moments to re-find. The cuteness of this scene speaks for itself. What an amazing thing to have witnessed in this lifetime. Thanks to my friend Craig Hill for sharing this treasure and to Al Warfield (http://www.allindaphoto.com/) for the loaner lens.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Canon 1.4X Teleconverter II • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-10

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/400 second • Aperture = f-9 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 840 mm • ISO = 4000 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~16 Feet • Date Shot: 08-07-14

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