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About a month old now, and their tail almost fully grown, these baby ruby throats are now feeding at flowers; honey-suckle, and Butterfly bushes, Petunias, and very soon Lobelia. They spent much of their feeding time at the feeders — until this week. The feeders are full and still have 20-30 hummingbirds at any time, mostly adults, but I have noticed a change in the juveniles, honing their nectar feeding skills at succulent flowers. They will be leaving in less than a month and I believe this will be a necessary skill for their long migrations. This bird is a juvenile Male and has (not viewable in photo) 2-3 red spots on the left side of his throat. He has also chased adult males away from the bush on may occasions; establishing dominance. I took these with the Giant Swallowtail photos I took yesterday.  Sorry, I did not have great light in this photo as it was taken a 1/2500th of a second, with a Canon 70D and a Canon EF300L f 2.8 IS lens:

 

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I have about 50-70 babies and females left taking 1 gallon of nectar per day. The males have mostly moved on. Start with a small tube feeder and a holder; ss shown in this photo; you have to be patient and they will start come closer and closer in to the tube every minute or so, finally feeding constantly from the tube. Next, put some nectar in the palm of your hand. In this photo of the tube and the holder, I held a Canon 1DS with a Canon EF100 f/2.8 IS at f/2.8 Macro set to focus on a point where the hover to drink, then take the photo:

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Hand feeding Ruby Throat Hummingbirds

Hand feeding Ruby Throat Hummingbirds

 

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Taken a few minutes ago with a 960mm Lens @ f/5.6 (no depth of field) in the muted light of late morning with storms coming in soon. Notice the pollen on his head from probing flowers:

 

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Just two photos I took on Sunday afternoon with a Canon 1D Mark III and a Canon EF300 f/2.8 IS, speed 1/1600 second (too slow to stop their wings); ISO 400, Aperture f/6.3.

 

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