We’ve been experiencing some beautiful Springtime weather in Atlanta. The temps were in the high 70’s just knocking on 80 this past weekend and we were running around in short sleeves, shorts and yes, flip flops! Surely the early Spring promised by Beauregard Lee (our resident groundhog) was here to stay?
Nope! Mother Nature has a way of reminding us she is still in control. The rain came in on Tuesday and the temps are starting to dip back down into the freezing zone with our weekend forecast indicating possible rain and snow showers (gulp). I guess it’s a good thing I resisted the temptation to begin my Spring gardening.
But one thing’s for sure with the weather so nice I couldn’t resist the urge to fill the Hummingbird feeders. There have been sightings already in the Atlanta area, so I thought why not?! They haven’t found their way to our feeders yet, but I’m ready for them.
I sure hope this change in weather is only temporary. In the meantime, I’ll be right here reminiscing over these sweet little beauties from last summer’s “30 Days of Hummingbirds” challenge while I find myself impatiently waiting for Spring,
Well folks, this concludes my “30 Days of Hummingbirds” photography challenge. I hope you have enjoyed this journey as much as I have enjoyed the challenge of capturing these beautiful little creatures.
So what did I learn? Take a look:
It’s ok to push the ISO during the “blue hour” in order to gain light while maintaining a fast shutter speed;
The faster the shutter speed (and higher ISO) the more detail you’ll get;
Patience and quickness go hand in hand when photographing hummingbirds;
A trip to South America to visit the Hummingbird preserves is now on my Photography Bucket List!
There are a lot of great professional hummingbird photographers out there. If you’re on Instagram below are a couple that I follow:
Thanks again for following along with me.
P.S. – If you missed a few be sure to take a wander around my site.
📸 “He huffed! And He Puffed! – 30 Days of Hummingbirds – Day 24
Photographer’s Note: I really wish this one was just a little bit crisper because he was so cute sitting on this branch. Oh well, it does have a little bit of a water color effect…..don’t you think?
❓Did you know a male hummingbird will puff out his chest and throat to show his beautiful feathers and then toss his head from side to side so the feathers will flash in the light to tell the females in his territory that he is ready to breed?
📸 “Spread Your Wings and Fly O Mighty One” – 30 Days of Hummingbirds – Day 23
❓While we’re on the topic of migration, did you know Hummingbird migration is triggered by circadian or daily internal clock and the circannual rhythm or yearly clock. Changes in the weather, temperature, time of season, decline in food supply and shorter days with less sunlight are factors that influence the beginning of fall migration.
Field Notes: Camera: Canon EOS 6D Lens: Canon EF 100mm – 400mm Focal Length: 400mm Shutter Speed 1/640 Aperture: f5.6 ISO: 4000 Time of Day: 9:41a.m.