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26 April 2006 @ 12:06 pm
The hummingbird  
Hummingbirds are the true masters of flight. I knew they could fly in any direction they wanted to, but had never seen it in real life. To see them actually fly around like that is a great experience, but to see them flaunt their talents less than five feet away is just an out-of-the-world experience. While walking along the San Antonio shoreline last week, I found an adult male Anna's Hummingbird right next to a jogging trail and he was perched in a great position for a photograph, but to get a good shot of him I had to go real close because it's so small. At first, it got a bit confused about my intentions and flew away, but hummingbirds sit on regular perches and I knew it would come back, so I waited there for a few minutes. As expected, it came back and sat on another perch not too far away and then it started calling - probably territorial, but not sure. I had to look away from it since it was looking at me to find out what I was up to. I stood still in the same place and finally after a few minutes it came back and sat on the exact same perch where it was sitting when I had seen it first! The bird had finally realized that I was no threat to it and was now not bothered by my presence there. However, this was a jogging trail and a lot of people go by and what was really amazing (and heartening) was that whenever someone came by, it would fly some distance from the perch and come back to the same place when "danger" had passed. The bird was so used to me that I was standing less than three feet away from it - much below the minimum focusing distance required by my camera! That's when I had to take a couple of steps back and take this photograph.





Anna's Hummingbird


Cliff Swallows - collecting mud from the roadside


American Robin



UPDATE:


Anna's Hummingbird - Colorful head!



Anna's Hummingbird - Unfortunately, the camera flash went off by mistake. :(






 
 
 
Aragorn, Son of Arathorncode_martial on April 26th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Swallows aren't found in India, are they?
Yathinyathin on April 26th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Swallows are found in India - but different species of what are found here, though there are a few common species like the Barn Swallow.
ex_kalyan on April 26th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Lovely shot dude. Why is it that all North American bird shots have nice blur background and all without any twigs etc ? The last pic looks like the one that won the BBC award last year.
Yathinyathin on April 26th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
These birds are used to humans being close to them I guess - they are not at all shy like the ones we get in India. So, you can actually approach them and choose your composition and background up to some extent.

Also, these are some of the common birds here which sit out in the open like our bushchats, sunbirds and robins.
Jayseakaredpirk on April 26th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
nice photos! the robin is my homestates (Wisconsin) official bird :)
friedmomo on April 26th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Specs!
Excellent shots Yathin. I love the bokeh..Would love if you can give me the specs of the camera/lens. Been contemplating a telephoto lens for a while.
Yathinyathin on April 26th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Specs!
I use a Nikon d70 and a Nikon 300mm f/4 AFS
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on April 26th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
> The bird was so used to me that I was standing less than three feet away from it

Even American birds love you;-)
teemus on April 27th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
All kinds of birds love him, even the human ones. :P
Shyam Manifox2mike on April 27th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
LOL, Point bhai, Point!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on April 27th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
Heh! And hopefully Yathin makes posts of the wingless birds too;-)
Shyam Mani: Naomi Wattsfox2mike on April 28th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
Haha, I so doubt it, but if he does, they'll be good ones I'm sure ;)
goofy_duck2004: White Tulipgoofy_duck2004 on April 27th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Looks like this Hummingbird is a female - has a flower on the head :)

Nice shots Yathin.
Yathinyathin on April 27th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
> has a flower on the head

That flower is to give away to the females. And this is how it does it!

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Yathinyathin on April 27th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Yep, I think they use it for that.
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Yathinyathin on April 27th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Nopes, both are same birds. when it turns it's head in it gets this color.
(¯`·._.·[ (SIL) ]·._.·´¯)cyberscorpion on April 27th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
Nice shots Yathin.... May I know the lens u used ?
Yathinyathin on April 27th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Nikon 300mm f/4 AFS prime lens
Amoghavarshaamoghavarsha on April 27th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
w00t! Amazing shots. Amazing birds.
Prasanna Vprasannav on April 27th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
>>I found an adult male Anna's Hummingbird
I have a friend my name Anna there in the US.Your blog reminded me of her :D
Yathinyathin on April 27th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
> I have a friend my name Anna

=))
occhidelfino: partyocchidelfino on April 27th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
the humming bird looks so cute..:D
Deepak: naturedeepix on April 27th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
The humming-bird is supremely beautiful. Thanks for the pics. :)
depontideponti on April 27th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
Good account..
the account of the hummingbird really added to the enjoyment of the pictures. chaibacca's home in Maine has a birdfeeder which is used by lovely red cardinals, nuthatches, and several other birds...sad that I can't take pictures!
shadowquill on April 27th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. :)
chainhead on April 28th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Awesome coloration ....... you da maan ;)