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Anna's  Hummingbird

(Calypte anna)

   Anna's hummingbirds are very common in Northern California and are very fond of a free lunch in the form of sugar water. A single feeder will often attract several birds, but they are quite territorial and usually one dominant bird will try to drive all others away from the feeder. In the Spring, there are so many nectar-rich blossoms available for feeding that no bird goes hungry. This one was photographed near the feeder around 3PM in mid-March, 2001, on Kodak Supra 100 film with a Nikon F100 and Micro-Nikkor 105 mm lens. Shutter speed was 1/1000 second, aperture unrecorded. The total body length of this bird is about 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) so you have to get fairly close or use a long lens (or both) to get adequate image size. Scroll down for additional hummingbird images.

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The following images were taken in Arizona with a Canon 10D digital camera in November 2003. The lens was a Canon 70-200 mm L IS zoom at 200mm  plus a 1.4x extender.


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