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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Dean, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    About 10 years ago I moved into a house, and in the back yard there were hummingbirds, and they have been around all this time. Attracted to a large bush for some reason. Until then I'd never seen them land.

    I like them a lot and thought I'd share. Lightning fast, quiet, quite pleasant, and they have a nice voice... In a way it reminds me of xf. :)

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  2. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    Did you take those shots yourself ? they are awesome :)
  3. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Yes, I was testing a lens that disappointed me yesterday (locked up the camera with an 'error' on the display).

    Seems to work today though.

    edit: here is the little guy cropped:

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  4. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Those are great shots, Dean
  5. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Amazing shots dean. All we get in the uk are ugly sparrows, starlings and on those special occasions we are greeted by the appearance of a robin. Nice shots.
  6. Lawrence

    Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Nice pictures, Dean! I love hummingbirds I find them fascinating, :)
  7. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Nice one Dean.

    In keeping with the theme and just for Shelley...


    I took this about 5 or so years ago in Chelmsford.
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  8. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Nice pics Dean :D Gorgeous little birdy!

    That bush is a Callistemon or Bottlebrush.. Aussie native plant :)


    We have a very diverse and active bird life around here, but we don't have humming birds, they are amazing when they are feeding!
  9. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I love hummingbirds. There is a certain shrub (bush) that attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. I can't remember the name if it, but is most likely what you have there Dean.
    Those are fantastic shots.

    Here in Ohio we see mostly hummingbirds, red-breasted robins, sparrows, starlings, and crows, although there are other species as well.
  10. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Those purple coin / pointy shaped ones? the Buddleja buzz or something??
  11. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    It's called something like pointas, or pontas. I'll have to look it up now. bah...
  12. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Butterflies are generally attracted to Buddleia.
  13. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Pentas, is the name. http://www.floridasnature.com/landscape/pentas lanceolata.htm
    They're known mostly for attracting butterflies, but they are very attractive to hummingbirds as well, because of the abundance of nectar they produce.

    We have alot of pentas here in Ohio, but it is more abundant in Florida, where I am from.
  14. turtile

    turtile Well-Known Member

    Yes, its common name is Butterfly Bush. The white one will attract the most wildlife.
  15. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Definitely a bottle brush bush. I believe a lemon bottle brush. This area is covered with them and they grow huge. Perhaps I'll take a couple of more pics when it isn't raining and show more of the bush/humming bird.

    But I've not seen humming birds anywhere else around here, not to land and relax.

    I am getting the impression that the Australian wild life is a bit more dangerous than the hummingbird... :D
  16. Steve Machol

    Steve Machol Active Member

    We had a lot of Hummingbirds when we lived in New Mexico. Here's my favorite shot, which I call 'Little Feet'.


    I took this with my Nikon D300 with the 75-300mm lens from about 10 feet away.
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  17. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    *gasp* Magnificent shot Steve!!! Breathtaking.
  18. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Great shots here, and Steve - stupendous capture :)
  19. Steve Machol

    Steve Machol Active Member

  20. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    Aaaahhhh. This is called a 'roodborstje' (little red breast) in Dutch. It is my favorite bird. So special :cool:.

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