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Taken 8/30/14 at 2 PM with a Canon G15 Point and Shoot in movie mode:

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It is very rare to see a Rufous Hummingbird here in Arkansas. The last one I saw and also photographed was two years and one month ago. This mature adult male came in on Tuesday and I have seen him at the feeder about 2 dozen times since. I have not seen him this morning though so far. He is larger than Ruby Throat hummingbirds and much more aggressive. They are a “sight to see” but I’m sure the western US birders would love to see a Ruby Throat, too. I have about one hundred hummingbirds at four feeders and Im sure that is the attraction. I understand, but have not seen these “out of range” hummingbirds as late a December here in Arkansas.

I am rebuilding a deck that I fell through in June, and he has found a lookout from which to chase others on a new post. Taken up close with a Canon 1DS Mark III and a Canon EF300L f/4.0 IS lens @ 1/2000 of a second, coming very close (within 10 feet) to me:

 

Male Rufous Hummingbird

Male Rufous Hummingbird

 

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Its’ hard not to love these guys ! Last evening, while filling a feeder, they were so anxious to get to the nectar they were landing on the feeder in my hand and finally on my hand. They’re were so many (about 50 at one time) that the only sound I could here was the buzzing or humming of their wings, which, by the way, even drowned out a few bullfrogs in the pond by the road. It has rained constantly for 4 days in a tropical fashion. It pours about 10 times per day with lightning thunder and even small (pea sized or less hail) and 10 minutes later the hot sun is back out. We have only received about 2 inches of rain over the four days but it is in tenths at each shower.

I took my camera out today and set it facing a sugar maple tree in the yard; as soon as one of the male hummingbirds landed I got off about 50 shots with a Canon 70D with a Lens and Teleconverter that, along with the crop factor of the 70D measure about 1000mm at f/6.7; now its going to rain again.

 

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A Ruby Throat Hummingbird on Lobelia (cardinal flower) along the Little Buffalo River; they make a beaiutiful subject; and so typical of September. This bird is a juvenile.

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