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Full Critique Hummingbird - White Throat Mango

Mike Singh

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Hi All
Here is a female, White Throat Mango Hummingbird approaching a Heliconia, Lobster claw flower. They are so hard to photograph! I would appreciate your CCs.

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Very nice, Mike. I'm surprised that 1/2000th stopped the wings.
 

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Was that with flash Mike?
 

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Fabulous Mike ;)
Really like the way you've captured two bugs as well (second flower down on left) need to zoom in.
Where was this taken ?
 

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Very nice, Mike. I'm surprised that 1/2000th stopped the wings.
Thanks Roger. They can flap their wings 80-250 per second. Some photographers prefer 1/800 to get some motion blur on the wings.

Was that with flash Mike?
No just a shutter speed of 1/2000. The iridescence is from the sunrise behind me. The change is the angle of the light can produce some spectacular colour effects and changes.
Fabulous Mike ;)
Really like the way you've captured two bugs as well (second flower down on left) need to zoom in.
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Thanks Tony. I took these in Trinidad last month. The hummingbirds are weary of the wasps. Apparently a sting from the wasp can kill it!
 

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Excellent shot Mike. The colors look really nice.
 

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Beautiful shot Mike, and well caught - you're right...they ain't easy!
 

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Beautiful shot Mike, and well caught - you're right...they ain't easy!
They zoom around incredibly fast. My daughter and I were in the center of them and could hear a their continuous hum...then the occasional zoooom as one zooms past!
 

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They zoom around incredibly fast. My daughter and I were in the center of them and could hear a their continuous hum...then the occasional zoooom as one zooms past!
Yep...fondly remember having breakfast on the deck @ Englishman's Bay, and they whizz past just centimetres away, chasing each other!
 

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Yep...fondly remember having breakfast on the deck @ Englishman's Bay, and they whizz past just centimetres away, chasing each other!
They are extremely territorial! To quote my Dad, ''Why them fighting so!''
 

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I've been playing in PS trying the blur the background some more. Here is my result.

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A good result, Mike, done well
 

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Very nice and well taken. We don't have either of these here so can just look on in amazement.
 

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Very nice and well taken. We don't have either of these here so can just look on in amazement.
Thanks….they are amazing!
 
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