My sons and I finally put up a hummingbird feeder that I have had in storage for too long. I wasn’t sure how long it would take for the hummingbirds to find our feeder, but I was pleasantly surprised to see they found it immediately. We have had fun watching them fight over the feeder, and I plan to put up more feeders.

My six-year-old and I used some bird field guide apps to identify our resident hummingbirds. This is a female ruby-throated hummingbird. I had the honor of spying the male with a beautiful ruby throat just once for a few seconds as it hovered above the female near the feeder.

These are my first attempts at getting a photograph of the hummingbirds. I don’t have a long lens, so I put my tripod by the feeder and used my remote control. The only time I have to try this is in the evenings (if that), so unfortunately I need to crank up the ISO, and my shutter speed is slower than I want. I thought it would take awhile for the birds to get used to my camera, but that first night, they didn’t mind it. It’s been on subsequent nights that they’ve avoided the feeder while my camera is out there. If anyone has any tips for taking photos of hummingbirds without a long lens, I’d love to hear about them in my comments. Thank you!

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  1. Birthday Week and Project Month | Mama of Letters

    […] Hummingbird feeder – Don’t know if you’d call this a project, but I’ve had four hummingbird feeders (all gifts) in storage, and some of them I’ve had for years. The six-year-old wanted me to hang one up. We finally did, and we’ve had a blast watching some female ruby-throated hummingbirds fight over the feeder. (We identified them using our bird field guide apps.) We have to change the nectar every few days. I’ve been trying to get some photos of them despite not having the right camera lens. You can see a few of my first attempts on my photo blog. […]

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