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Old Sunday 1st May 2005, 22:21   #26
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Gosh, it never even occurred to us that it might not be a good spot. We just put it out and they went right to it. We also have one that is below the level of the top of our rhododendron bush. It's kind of in a bowl area. The females like it a lot, as they can kind of hide in there while the males are battling for turf.

Here's the item I previously mentioned for keeping ants off. Sorry, but my "Green Stamp" camera doesn't have very good resolution for close ups. It is made by Perky Pets.
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Old Sunday 1st May 2005, 22:48   #27
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Gosh, it never even occurred to us that it might not be a good spot. We just put it out and they went right to it. We also have one that is below the level of the top of our rhododendron bush. It's kind of in a bowl area. The females like it a lot, as they can kind of hide in there while the males are battling for turf.

Here's the item I previously mentioned for keeping ants off. Sorry, but my "Green Stamp" camera doesn't have very good resolution for close ups. It is made by Perky Pets.

Sorry. Didn't mean to jump all over you. All of the indications I am getting in my work point toward keeping feeders and, as much as possible feed plants, in the open where these birds can see them easily and, more importantly, where they can see avian predators easily and get out of the way. I have three feeders active right now - one under shade and two in the open. Today I walked right up to the one under shade and startled a little male on it. I don't know who was surprised more - he or I , since there is "never" a bird on that feeder. The others are in use all the time.

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Old Monday 2nd May 2005, 17:50   #28
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Sorry. Didn't mean to jump all over you. All of the indications I am getting in my work point toward keeping feeders and, as much as possible feed plants, in the open where these birds can see them easily and, more importantly, where they can see avian predators easily and get out of the way. I have three feeders active right now - one under shade and two in the open. Today I walked right up to the one under shade and startled a little male on it. I don't know who was surprised more - he or I , since there is "never" a bird on that feeder. The others are in use all the time.

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I have three feeders. and just a week ago, finally got some hummers coming. There are three female ruby throats. One feeder is out in the sun (NE side), one is window mounted (SW side), and the third is one of those glass hanging feeders hanging under the eaves of my apartment (NE side also). One female prefers to use the one in the sun, one of them likes the window mounted one, and a third likes the red glass one. Only one of the three feeders is actually out in the open. The window mounted and the glass one have a limited, if any, view of the sky. I have even seen the NE female at the SW feeder.
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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2005, 01:25   #29
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WOW why is the smallest bird one of the most brave? I went out to the feeder to check for ants and i hear hummmmm sure enough a hummer not 12 inches away from my face. after that i brought a chair outside and a few minutes later hummmmm but this time it wasnt at the feeder IT WAS TRYING TO LAND ON MY HEAD it was so close i could feel its wings touch my hair that is COOL. Do they do that to anyone else??? Why are they so interested in people???

COOL COOL COOL COOL COOL COOL COOL COOL COOL
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Indeed they can be brave. They've buzzed me when I watered my backyard plants. Probably wanted a spritz bath. Anyway, I just got back from the "hummingbird capital of the world" (SE Arizona). Here are some pics.
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Old Monday 9th May 2005, 00:54   #30
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Indeed they can be brave. They've buzzed me when I watered my backyard plants. Probably wanted a spritz bath. Anyway, I just got back from the "hummingbird capital of the world" (SE Arizona). Here are some pics.
Photo 1: Black-chinned hummer.
Photo 2: Broad-billed hummer
Photo 3: Broad-billed hummer
Wings: I would claim that the hummingbird capital of the world is Tandayapa in Ecuador, where you can see more species in 15 minutes at their feeders than have ever occured in Arizona :) I had 17 species in 15 minutes there last September and 20ish species for the 4 days I was there. Add to that the ones I saw at Yanacocha and Guango and Bellavista and I believe I got 30-35 in my week in Ecuador...pretty spectacular place..so much so i'm going back for a 3rd time in November.

Arizona is defintiely the hummer capital of the US though :)
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Chris, sorry to be so late rejoining the discussion, but thanks sooooo much for all the technical detail on your photographic set-up. I've already copied your posts and filed them away for a day when I can take the time to do some serious shooting. Most of what I shoot, especially in the yard, is opportunistic and for documenting species -- i.e., totally utilitarian, not an ounce of artistry to be found. LOL! But as I say, one of these days...
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