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Backyard Wars

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Uncle Frank, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. Hummingbirds must be the most selfish creatures with wings. They're turned my backyard into a war zone. I wandered out with my 70-300VR to capture today's action.

    It started out peacefully enough... a solitary hummer sipping sweet water.
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    But a competitor was watching, and swooped in claim the feeder.
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    The first bird headed for the hills...
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    and the new arrival took his place.
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    Even after drinking... ever vigilant.
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  2. yamo


    Jun 28, 2007
    Santa Cruz, CA

    Great shots... er, they're not selfish, just territorial... :wink:

    I'll quite partial to the third shot.


  3. I agree, very nice shots. I have not seen much in the way of hummingbird wars yet. But I have not been sitting in wait with my camera. They sure can be a riot. Once I saw two females at the same feeder. I assumed mother and daughter.
  4. Thanks for the feedback, folks. I've been fiddling with one of the pictures. I had cropped it pretty deeply, but decided the background was too lovely to delete.

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  5. Cool shots. Hummer wars are serious business. I've had to enter into combat myself to get them to share the feeder (and get my shots!).
  6. I've been challanged a few times. The males will fly right up to my face, hove, and screech at me for intruding on their feeder - lol. If I focus fast enough, it makes for my favorite, dramatic hummingbird pose.

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    It's awfully cheeky of them, considering they weigh just slightly little more than a single copper penny.
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