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    • I have an update to my post about hummingbird feeders.

      My spouse who is in absolute charge of our hummingbird feeder, was wandering through Pinterist, and came across some ideas for multiple hummingbird feeders based on hanging feeders from a chandelier that is painted red.

      It took her only a couple days to find a chandelier on ebay or somewhere, some cans of red spray paint, and a couple of unused feeders from a closet, to create a new triple feeder. I watched this effort from afar, witholding judgement. After a few weeks with the new setup, I can say that our hummingbird attendance has gone from usually 1 or occasionally 2 birds, to 2 birds almost all day long and 3-4 fighting for dominance at times. I have picture of the device below, but only with 2 birds shot with an 85mm f1.2 lens to blur the ugly background a bit, as I was reluctant to move the feeder and upset our local sugar thieves.

      One other point we learned, was to boil the water after you add the sugar - this helps sterilize the sugar water and tends to prolong the time before it clouds by bacterial or fungal growth which does occur in warm weather after a few days - then you get to wash the bottles, boil some water and add the sugar to it, let it cool down and refill the feeders. And enjoy watching the tumult of the very territorial hummingbirds.

    • I got this colorful glass feeder from Amazon, filled it with the electrolyte hummingbird fluid they also sell, and hung it in the back yard where we could see the hummingbirds out the kitchen window.

      But we're not on hummingbird Twitter and so the word didn't get out and we got no hummingbirds.

      So I hung it in the front yard among our purple flowers that they seem to love so much and oh my God, giant sucking sound. Gotta order more of that fluid. When my new Canon and 800mm lens come, if they ever do, I'll take some hummingbird pics.

    • Even with IBIS, I'll bet the 800mm F11 will do better with some strategic bracing, rather than handheld. I chase my butterflies at home with lenses from 600-840mm equivalents and find them pretty mobile until I rest something on a stable platform, even if its just a thick pillow on a window sill. B&H says my R5 won't show until late October now.

      Canon M6 Mk II w EOS 400 DO shot from a bedroom window

      Olympus M1X with Oly 300 f4 + 1.4 TC -> 840mm equivalent at ISO 1600

    • There is a great 1 hour video about hummingbirds by Richard Attenborough on Amazon Prime titled “Hummingbirds”.
      @Chris you’ll love the high speed filming - just a great long look at hummers, eating, flying fighting and mating