Swamynirmal, I agree with private custards comments. I think it would be a good idea to revise the challenge. Maybe the challenge could be for shots of bird parents feeding there young "fledglings" outside of the nest. The young birds follow the parents for quite awhile after they leave the nest. I'm sure many people have shots of bird parents feeding their fledglings. I hope you will agree to revise the challenge. I believe birds in the nest should not be disturbed.
dmanthree: Rule #2 also strikes me as strange. I typically don't vote in challenges I enter. Seems like a conflict of interest.
It's not a conflict of interest because you can't vote for your own entry. The system won't record the vote. You have to try not to prejudice your vote just because you want yours to do better. It's a test of character. :)
I like the sharp focus on the eyes, and the angle of the frog in the frame.
Great capture, nice lighting and background.
This shot was one of my favorites. Beautiful bird and great feather detail.
pwmoree: Wow, very well done. Congrats!
merops: Congratulations! Beautiful photo :-)
Thank You Kate.
JamesD28: A gorgeous photo, it almost looks like the Hummingbird's clapping..... definitely worthy of the challenge title :) and I very much doubt that 0.5 vote was due to anything other than utter jealousy...
Thank You, James. He was hovering and flying back and forth to a feeder. They make a figure eight movement with their wings when doing this and sometimes I catch the wings in unusual positions. As for the .5 vote I really am not sure if it's sandbagging or someone that doesn't like my style. Thanks for your comment about the .5 vote. Usually the top 5 or more shots will also have .5's but not the case this time. By the DPR voting suggestions very few shots meet that criteria of missing the point of the challenge, and very poor IQ. I wouldn't let the .5 votes stop me from entering, it's just part of the challenges.
ysal: Congrats Carmen, you did it again with you fine hummer shot!
Thank You, Yuki.
babalu: Very good capture, nice blurred background. Congratulations!.
Thank You, that lens shows really nice bokeh.
The Mick: Congratulations, Carmen! That's a beautiful shot! I'm so envious of you, right now. It'll be another month and a half before the little hummingbirds make it back to my neck of the woods. Thanks for sharing.Take care,Mick
Thank You Mick. I discovered after I was feeding hummingbirds for a few years that this particular species winters over in central Texas. I'm pretty sure this individual bird "owns" my feeders for the last 2 winters.
PERCY2: Again! c'mon Carmen give us a chance to Win in this challenge (lol)
Thanks Percy, I was lucky that the hummingbird flew into a spot in front of a patch of sky. You won a challenge recently :)
RuthC: Congratulations, cmantx, on your well-deserved win in 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge. This is a really beautiful capture of the little hummingbird, with so much clarity and bright detail in every feather. The warm red/brown colours are just right, and the green/ blue background really enhances the whole picture. One for the living room wall! Ruth :-)
Thank You Ruth for the very kind words.
Grantsmind: Very cool shot. Voted
Thanks for looking and for your vote.
I hope you mean photo Safari, and the only shooting of this beautiful animal was with a camera. It's a great capture with nice detail throughout.
Great shot. That clean background really makes for a beautiful shot. That's easier said than done. Same with your 2nd place shot, really impressive.
bobcamm: Glowworm Beetle (Phengodidae)
Thank you Kate. I hope he found some females, and I will find another one in a more attractive place for a photo. I think the fact that I never use insecticide on my property helps with drawing in the insects. I like to think so anyway.
Thanks for the ID. I looked through pages and pages on buggguide before I gave up.
Thanks Mick, Glad you liked it,though not much wow factor with Sparrows it seems.
Can you imagine waking up to head off to work in this truck, and seeing this? It would stop you dead in your tracks.