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Sunbirds #3

Sunbirds are frequently called Asian Hummingbirds...because they are very small, eat mainly nectar, and can hover whilst feeding...

 

Sunbird

Sunbirds #3

Sunbirds are frequently called Asian Hummingbirds...because they are very small, eat mainly nectar, and can hover whilst feeding...

 

Sunbird

comments (15)

i like the symmetry in the first shot, Ray. i am no ornithology expert but i believe i have seen plenty of sunbirds in Singapore.
Ray: Indeed, Ayush...the Singapore air is 'aflutter with Sunbirds, and I have seen them there myself.
Terrific shots, Ray! Just love these!
Ray: You are very kind, Elizabeth.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Feb 2018, 04:45
This is hardly the angle that birds are shown. This is just incredible. Fabulous pictures.
Ray: I am delighted you think so, Astrid.
I agree with Astrid...the angle totally makes these images for me, Ray. smile
Ray: The bird was hovering...I was directly behind it...I thought it presented an unusual opportunity, Ginnie.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 21 Feb 2018, 06:22
Quelles jolies photos, j'adore !
Ray: Merci, Martine.
Superbe ces prises de vues..pas facile à  capter si le mouvement est constant ..
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Merci, Claudine. L'oiseau planait, donc la majeure partie de son corps était immobile et j'ai utilisé une vitesse d'obturation rapide pour essayer d'arrêter la plupart du mouvement de l'aile.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Feb 2018, 06:36
Very nice too, a nice spot o' nectar for breakfast..
Ray: Yes...I often have a healthy dollop of honey on my breakfast toast.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 21 Feb 2018, 06:41
Exceptionally well caught, Ray, in view of the number of wing-beats per sec!
Ray: I managed to achieve about 1/640sec shutter, Lisl, and that helped. The bird was eating while hovering, and this mean't its body was reasonably still.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Feb 2018, 06:49
There is a marked similarity with the humming birds I have seen in the US. What a cracking shot of the rear end of the bird on its final approach.
Ray: Not on final approach, Alan...actually feeding whilst hovering.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 21 Feb 2018, 07:27
I am trying to imagine a dinner party where we could hover and eat with just our mouths. Could be a bit messy I think.
Ray: Once you have mastered the hovering, Chad, the rest of the party trick is quite straight forward.
But can they hum?
Ray: Sure can, Bill...when they remove their shoes!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Feb 2018, 10:33
I cannot agree with the word "very small" - fascinating images again!
Ray: Thank you, Philine.

But...what is the problem with the words "very small"?
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Feb 2018, 10:33
I cannot agree with the word "very small" - fascinating images again!
Very cool views. I especially like the second.
Ray: It is astonishing the find the amount of wing movement required to achieve hovering.
I've always thought Hummingbirds are very clever the way they are designed to feed like this.
Ray: Hummingbirds and Sunbirds seem to be quite successful species, Brian...their design must be good.

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camera Canon EOS 7D
exposure mode shutter priority
shutterspeed 1/640s
aperture f/8.0
sensitivity ISO400
focal length 400.0mm
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