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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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I am still laid up and cannot get around due to my accident, so I have to find things to photograph around the house. The honeybees found one of my hummingbird feeders yesterday. They are coming in fairly large numbers all day long. The hummingbirds have control of 4 feeders (the newer better ones) but the honeybees have taken control of the older, cheaper, leaky feeder. The are so hungry for sugar, about 12-15 landed on my arms while I was filling the feeder this morning. They a very very gentle. There will be lots more as the day goes on. I feel sorry for honeybees given their status and the hummingbirds don’t seem to mind them either. There a quite a few juvenile hummingbirds now. A fawn just bedded down in the grass behind the house:

 

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