Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hummers of Magnolia

I don't know what my stepmom puts in her hummingbird nectar, but she has the largest population of hummingbirds I've ever seen. At one time I counted 17 hummers, but I think there are more. The buzzing is so loud, you'd swear there was a swarm of bees nearby. They're difficult little creatures to photograph, but I tried! Photographed 9/25 and 9/26 in Magnolia, MS.
Time to skedaddle! There's the photographer lady.

Although they squabble occasionally, these are a pretty friendly crew.








38 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never seen them get along so well. Usually one is a bully and tries to control access to the feeder, at least in my neck of the woods. Love your photos, Gail.

Buttons said...

WOW Gail you have to find out her secret I am so happy you captured them with your skills. Thank you for brightening our day. Hug B

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh my gosh these are AMAZING captures!! I love how vivid these pics are.

Kittie Howard said...

What a beautiful way to start the day. Love hummers. I've never seen so many at one time either. A couple of years ago, I hung out the DQ sign, but only got two consistent customers. Hmm, think your stepmom will share the secret recipe?

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Magnificent Gail!! I posted hummingbird photos yesterday...but mine are NOTHING compared to these!!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

That is awesome! you have some superb captuers here.
I too wonder how they get all those hummers to feed all at the same time. In my neck of the woods, they do not share, one owner till he loses and another one takes over. I know the noise, its awesome to stand and hold a feeder and feel the wind and hear the chirping they make as well as the wing noise.

Terri Buster said...

She must have a secret recipe...Mine are gone on now, but I miss their whirring noises already.

Pallavi said...

Such vivid pictures Gail. Each shot has been beautiful captured. Amazing ! :)

TexWisGirl said...

these are awesome! love the straight-on in flight shot. and i love their tiny feet! :)

Karen said...

Sweet shots Gail! I have never seen so many at one feeder!

Barb Brookbank said...

How gorgeous! great shots!

Rosie Grey said...

Oh my, these photos are fantastic! I'm glad you were there with your camera, so I can now enjoy the photos!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh Gail! ALL OF THESE ARE MARVELOUS -- especially the full wing span and tail feathers fanned. WOW!!!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These are all wonderful images. I love Hummers,but see so few of them around here.

eileeninmd said...

It is nice to see them all together at the feeder. They are so cute, wonderful photos!

Brian King said...

Seventeen? Wow! We were lucky to get two at the same time and when there were two, one would chase the other off. These are fantastic shots! I love the in-your-face photo! Awesome!

Linda said...

Photo #5 is fantastic. Looks like the hummer and the camera had a near miss. What fun to see so many all at once.

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Wow on the amount of hummers there are there. The shots are amazing!

Indrani said...

Indeed a crowd there! Very beautiful captures!

Starla said...

My neighbor must use the same recipe in her feeder as she has swarms of hummingbirds too!!
I LOVE how your photos turned out!! I tried to capture these quick little fellows myself, but did not have the same clarity to my pictures!! Guess I need to pull out the camera and try again!!

Deanna said...

oh wowzer, you captured them well...and they are such quick little things. Yeah, don't ya wonder what she is putting in those feeders to attract so many at one time???

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Carletta said...

You just didn't try you succeeded beautifully!

Stephanie said...

Your photos lest me speechless! Don't you just love their sweet little feet or whatever they are called :) Beautiful pictures! Hugs to you!

Nancy said...

Others may find them hard to capture but girlfriend you caught them at their best...both in flight and feeding....I too love the head on shot; I have never seen one like that before....

I am at a loss for words other than amazing....

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow - amazing and adorable photos!

Kim Stevens said...

You are so right about trying to photograph them, and you have got it down - these are fantastic!

Mitzi said...

they are indeed difficult little ones to photograph...but girl...Give yourself some credit! You did AWESOME!!!

Chatty Crone said...

YOU DID FABULOUS! I have never ever seen a picture even of them that close!

Evelyn S. said...

I don't care how many there were...your photos are still amazing! I especially love that "full front" image. I don't believe I've ever seen one like that before, Gail.

Linda R said...

WOW!! Your photos are so fabulous my friend. LOVE THEM.

Hugs~

bailey-road.com said...

Fantastic shots, Gail!

Willow said...

Fantastic. I know I can be a bit dramatic, but my heart leapt at these photos. Hummingbirds are my favorite and ours all left for the warmer climates at the end of September. We usually have a farm and feeders full of ruby throated from late April till mid September. Your shots are amazing !!

Donna said...

They don't play this nice up here in my garden...amazing shots.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

There must be magic in that feeder! Never saw so many hummers at once...amazing and as always great pictures!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great shots! I know these little guys are not easy to capture. Beautiful Gail.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Perfect captures, Gail. I'm sure she is on the migratory path. Count them by how much sugar water they eat. 1 oz feeds 5 a day. We were feeding more than 650 at the peak in mid-September but there were so many we couldn't count them. I haven't seen any this week but had some small ones late in October last year, so I'll keep up the feeder a few more weeks. Love catching up.

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