Picnic bonus


DW Brewer

Sunday was the annual Audubon Society picnic, held in a state park near here that is known for birding acticity. Nothing like being with a bunch of dedicated birders for someonw to spot something unusual. In this instance, a member spotted a female Ruby-throated hummingbird on a nest about 35 feet up in a large Hackberry tree. The strong sunlight coming through the forest canopy diffused all around the bird and made for a less-than-desirable background. I used a Nikon SB-600 at -2.7 to provide some fill light and light up the bird from the prevalent shadow. somehow I even managed to get a small catchlight in the bird's eye. No, the flash did not disturb the bird.
D2X + 500mm in HSC mode; tripod mounted; ISO400.

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May 15, 2005
Mill Creek, WA.
David, that is really neat to be able to find a nest like that. You did a fine job given the light. How long does it take for the eggs to hatch?

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