Sunday, May 22, 2011

A view into a hummingbord nest (with two baby birds)

Last week I got a call from my wife saying that one of our friends had spotted a hummingbird nest at their home. I grabbed my camera, a long lens and some extension tubes (thank goodness I brought those) and we went for a visit.

I started by shooting images through their living room window since I was not sure if the mother bird would mind me being outside and closer to the nest. You can see from the image above, that there are two babies in the nest, waiting for mom to come back with some food.

After a couple of minutes, the mother came back with some goodies for the kids and I went outside to see if I could get a clearer shot. She sat there and did not seem to mind that I was 3 or 4 feet from her.

You might not be able to tell from the size of the image on the blog post, but I was able to get a nice clear shot of one of the babies in this image. When I grabbed my lenses to go over to their house, I was thinking that the nest would be bigger. The total size of this next was probably about an inch and half in diameter. If I have another chance to shoot images of the nest, I would choose a 150mm macro lens and shoot at f10 and not f4 to get more in focus.

1 comment:

Patrick Lyons said...

you're good - thanks for sharing!