I've been trying to get some good photographs of the feeding frenzy that takes place at one of my hummingbird feeders every evening. No luck so far, if I stand outside then they won't all go to the feeder, and there isn't enough light from inside (the feeder is right outside my kitchen window) to get any decent shots. So for now I'll have to make do with showing shots from the morning feeding taken from the kitchen window. The morning feed is much more sedate than the evening feed. The evening feed at it's craziest has 2 hummers perched at each port and more birds buzzing around trying to get at a port, some even hover over a twosome and just push their beaks right on in. It's an amazing sight and just so much fun to watch. Another indicator of just how heavily they feed here is that I took these photos between 9:15 and 9:40 this morning, note the level of food in the first shot and the level in the last three shots. The feeder was filled to the brim at about 6:30 last night and empty at 9:43 this morning. The hummers will have to fight for space at the other two feeders in the garden or forage amongst the flowers until I refill this feeder this evening. I buy 10 lb. bags of sugar and most of it goes to the birds.
I took a number of series of photographs with the high speed continuous shooting feature on my camera and used one of them to put together this short film that will give you a hint of the frenzy that occurs around the feeder. Set the film speed to jackrabbit to get the best effect.
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