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Hummingbirds

Back home from a break spent mostly relaxing on the wonderful island of Guadeloupe. The schedule had room for some casual birding which rewarded me with full house of the three species of hummingbirds that are found there.

Purple-throated carib:





Green-throated carib:




Antillean crested hummingbird. The male has a prominent crest.







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Re: Hummingbirds

Lovely set Tordan
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Re: Hummingbirds

Beautiful shots Tord. A welcome splash of colour to brighten up the winter gloom.

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"Casual birding"! You really know how to rub our noses, but fantastic pic as always. Your skill shines through again.
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Lovely bird photos.
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Re: Hummingbirds

Thanks. I should perhaps have mentioned that two of the photos are taken with a Panasonic G9. While on travel I occasionally swapped setups with my travel companion, these swift subjects were perfect challenges to compare the performance and overall experience vs. the E-M1.2. To summarize it has similarities yet has some significant differences. If anyone is interested I could start a thread in the camera session.
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"Casual birding"! You really know how to rub our noses, but fantastic pic as always. Your skill shines through again.
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Hummingbirds are easy in the sense they can be approached at fairly close distance and gardens will attract them given the owner has planted the right species and the season is right with flowers producing nectar. The hummingbirds tend to specialize to some degree, after a while you figure out what plants to look for and the rest is a matter of planning, identifying suitable spots and angles and anticipating where action will take place. The success rate is then depending on your ability to frame the subject before it gets too late and the camera AF performance. I found the EM1.2 did a decent job, I found that single focus point and AF sensity slowest worked best, lens preferred focal length should between 150mm-300mm depending on vegetation.

I also spent some hours checking out the exploited areas and then venturing deeper into rainforest and dry forest and observed some 50 species from the 210+ that have been recorded. Birding on that island is known for being difficult. Have more decent bird photos if anyone is interested.
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Always, like many on here..
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Re: Hummingbirds

Once again you have given us some amazing shots Tord.
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Re: Hummingbirds

A great set showing these beautiful and amazing little birds.
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Re: Hummingbirds

Cracking shots, Tord.
We’re off to Antigua in a couple of weeks and I’m hoping to get somewhere close to these, if I’m really lucky!
I’ve tried hummers in the past, but not since my E620 days, and that was pretty hit and miss (mostly the latter).

Given the choice of one, would you take the 40-150 Pro (+converter) or the 300?

Any comments on shutter speed and the effects that has on how the wings look?
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Re: Hummingbirds

Hi Mark,

Tough call. It depends a bit on what kind of vegetation and flowers they will be hovering around... trade-off between maximizing the detail and risk of clipping the subject when shooting in CAF, as there is simply no time to change the focusing point while action is taking place.

If flowers are at eye level or below, then the 40-150 + 1.4x should probably work fine. If action is taking place more in the canopy then the 300 (+1.4x) would be preferred as these subjects are small. To give you an idea, the last two are taken with the Panasonic 100-400 at around 2 meter distance, lens at around 220mm so the 40-150+MC14 would have worked equally well (and gaining half a F-stop). The first five are with the 300, number four with the MC14, action at 4 meters above ground.

I had programmed two settings:
  • C1, for perched subjects: S-AF, single small focusing spot and shutter speed 1/320 or better.
  • C2, for hovering subjects: C-AF, single (large) focusing spot, shutter speed 1/1600 and CAF sensitivity pushed to max.
This way I could easily and quickly switch between the modes.

Bear in mind that DOF is shallow at such short distances that nailing the eyes and also getting breast/throat feathering sharp when they are hovering is associated with a bit of luck. Yield: not better than 25%, hopefully a burst of 5 will mitigate the issue.

Best results when shooting mid-day were obtained with sun obscured by high clouds, or on cloudy, even rainy days.

Furthermore (needless to say?) the key to success is finding spots offering good angles free from obstructing twigs. Running around chasing the birds is no good, better observe what's going on, find the flowers that attract them, pick aspot offering favorable angles and wait with the camera stand-by.

Hope this is useful information.

Best of luck and have a nice trip.

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Great advice Tord. Applies to much of bird and wildlife photography...….Thanks..
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Re: Hummingbirds

Great stuff, thanks.
I remember from before the difficulties with the E620/50-200 speed of acquisition of focus of such transiently darting species. Great fun trying, though. Hopefully the E-M1ii will acquire focus more quickly.
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