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Today I had 2 adult male orioles on the Hummingbird Feeders and a female and one juvenile interested in the Red Raspberries.  These pictures are of the female and juvenile bird waiting to swoop down onto the raspberries. I always forget how beautiful and graceful they are; taken with a Canon 70D and a EF400L f/5.6 at 5.6;

 

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By my very patient good friend Janice using her Canon T2 and a EF400mm  f/5.6L Lens at  1/3000th of a second. They are snatching gnats out of the air with their long sticky tongues. Gnats make up 60-65% of the juveniles diet in the summer after they are fledged (maybe 2 weeks ago), and the rest is nectar which makes up 35-40%. They need copious amounts of protein to continue their feather growth before migration south:

 

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These juvenile Ruby Throats are already skilled flyers at 2 months age !! This one is prying open a bud to get to the sweet fresh nectar:

 

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