Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Spinning Around

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Spinning Around
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I went to the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside NY to photograph the hummingbirds as they have returned. I sat in the most popular spot in the park to photograph them and waiting an hour and a quarter and did not see a single one. Frustrated, I went to the other area where they are seen along with monarch butterflies. Not a single humming bird or monarch! The morning was now getting late yet I decided to walk around the preserve and that was the correct thing to do as I had a wonderful shoot. At the end of my shoot I stopped at the humming bird spot again and it was full of photographers, many of them my friends. As I arrived I spotted a humming bird in a tree over me. I asked if the had seen others and they stated that one was coming in every 15 minutes or so. All the chairs were taken so I set up my tripod next to the chairs and waited while we all chatted about our new cameras. Soon a humming bird arrived, fluttered over the flowers and then went to the feeder. Rather than the usual sound of mirror clack there was the soft sounds of mirrorless cameras going off. Seconds later everyone was looking at there photos. Then we waited another 15 minutes till the next feeding. On the 4th pass I had a good idea what the hummingbird would do and captured the moment it turned from the feeder to fly off. Even at 40 FPS it is reversed in one frame. These two are the first frame and second frame after reversing. Both are huge crops at ISO 1600 so a lot of noise which was easy to remove from the background. I also did some background cleaning.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris

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