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Shortsighted

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The power used to go out here in Pickering all the time, even during calm weather.
I eventually had to put my foot down and the outages stopped. I didn't realize that
I had such influence. I now put my foot down, sometimes repeatedly, whenever I
don't get my way. At least the power didn't fail on your Canon.

I once went all the way down to Ashbridges Bay park and roamed around a while.
Eventually I discovered a subject, can't recall what it was, only to discover that
my battery was dead because I forgot to recharge it.

Another time I arrived on site to discover I forgot to put my battery back into the camera
after charging it overnight. I did a lot of vicious stamping of the feet when that happened
and other people began steering around me giving me a very wide berth. I now have a
tantrum more often and get much less interference from passers-by. The dogs seem to
love my antics so they sometimes make the technique counterproductive.

So, where are those hummer shots?
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It's quiet now but about mid morning I had three(!) hummers in a dogfight above the feeder. They are still posing on the same branches and every so often I spook them by sliding the screen, hoping they will land in a more interesting spot (like near the top of the maple tree where the leaves are turning orange!). My red squirrel finally decided that if the big black guy can raid the regular feeder so can he - can anyone loan me a peashooter? It's a mozzy day but at least I can shoot from the window without getting rained on. The red breasted nutcases and the chickadorks are really enjoying the ant moat on the hummingbird feeder and the hummingbirds don't seem to mind. And speaking of beak to beak here's a shot that really shows off the power of the superzoom.
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Quote from: "Howieh"
It's quiet now but about mid morning I had three(!) hummers in a dogfight above the feeder. They are still posing on the same branches and every so often I spook them by sliding the screen, hoping they will land in a more interesting spot (like near the top of the maple tree where the leaves are turning orange!). My red squirrel finally decided that if the big black guy can raid the regular feeder so can he - can anyone loan me a peashooter? It's a mozzy day but at least I can shoot from the window without getting rained on. The red breasted nutcases and the chickadorks are really enjoying the ant moat on the hummingbird feeder and the hummingbirds don't seem to mind. And speaking of beak to beak here's a shot that really shows off the power of the superzoom.

Starlings are one of my least favourite birds (sorry, too discriminating, apologize to those starling fans),  but I love your pic. :D  :D  Now waiting for the hummer pic. SS, lets make more noise, so he will post. :lol:  :lol:
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Ok, I'm overwhelmed with guilt so here's a shot from 2015 (I think). Sorry it's so small but I had to get the file size down to 256k to post. Don't look now (it's too dark!!) but I think they are still here so I'll try again later today for a multi-hummer shot.
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Ok, I'm overwhelmed with guilt so here's a shot from 2015 (I think). Sorry it's so small but I had to get the file size down to 256k to post. Don't look now (it's too dark!!) but I think they are still here so I'll try again later today for a multi-hummer shot.
Wow, I wish I am anywhere close to your horizontal perches. That is too cute. They do talk!
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Do opposites attract? It's pretty quiet out there but conditions are marginal VFR so I'm still watching the feeder. Has nature finally called them south?
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Do opposites attract? It's pretty quiet out there but conditions are marginal VFR so I'm still watching the feeder. Has nature finally called them south?

I love it, they are pretending the other one is not there. Sibling rivals must be fierce. Do they travel together when times up?
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Spotted a Hummer across the street this afternoon and then again in the backyard so I figured
I might as well put out the feeder again. Came every ten minutes.







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Quote from: "Howieh"
Do opposites attract? It's pretty quiet out there but conditions are marginal VFR so I'm still watching the feeder. Has nature finally called them south?

I love it, they are pretending the other one is not there. Sibling rivals must be fierce. Do they travel together when times up?

They are not known as social birds but based on the number of times I've seen two or more after a long quiet interval I find that hard to believe. We returned home from Costco (with TWO chickens no less!) just after 4pm and I went to my upstairs 'observation deck' just in time to see one hummer chase another one from it's perch above the feeder. You guessed it - I took lots more mundane shots and I fully expect to see them again tomorrow.

Very nice set Shortsighted. I really like your unobtrusive background, makes me want to hang a sheet behind the feeder.
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Spotted a Hummer across the street this afternoon and then again in the backyard so I figured
I might as well put out the feeder again. Came every ten minutes.







I put my feeder out for a month now, nobody came. Your hummer is missing a wing!! Really love those shots. :)
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It's just after 7am and two hummers are STILL contesting the feeder! There is a weak cold front coming down from the north; will the northwest winds behind it finally prompt them to head south? The second of my last five monarchs should emerge this morning, not exactly a great day for a release but nature must take it's course!
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