Twins Grow Up

 

Two weeks ago on May 18, 2013 I had the opportunity to photograph a hummingbird family (see earlier post  titled I shot an Apodiformes the other day… ) At that time I was able to see just a couple of tiny babes in the bottom of the nest. They were totally blind and being fed by momma hummingbird.

Time for lunch for the chicks

Time for lunch for the chicks

Now thirteen days later they’re nearly ready to fly away and have grown so large they have to sit upon each other.

Where's Mom? - Sony A-77, DT 16-50, ISO 320, 50 mm, 0 ev, f/7.1, 1/160

Where’s Mom? – Sony A-77, DT 16-50, ISO 320, 50 mm, 0 ev, f/7.1, 1/160

Today as I was setting up the camera I discovered that my wireless remote device, the receiver portion’s battery had died. Could it be that leaving it in my garage here in Arizona in the 120 degree heat for two weeks had drained the battery? Who knows. In any case I had to resort to using a short cable release and hide in a small brick cubby behind my camera and hang my arm out hoping that the mother bird would allow this.

My brick cubby hole behind my camera..

My brick cubby hole behind my camera..

So I squeezed my bulk in between the bricks with my face and belly against the wall opposite the blue ones, turning my head to the left to watch the hoped for action. I waited…and waited…and waited and in about 15 minutes she flew into view. She flew immediately to the camera, looked directly into the lens, no doubt seeing her reflection, then over to the cubby and up to my face and zoom…away she flew.

Again I waited  for a another ten minutes or so and she flew back to the chicks ignoring the camera and me and allowed me one shot before she flew away for more food for the second chick.

First the left guy - Sony A-77, DT 16-50, ISO 320, 50 mm, 0 ev, f/6.3, 1/160

First the left guy – Sony A-77, DT 16-50, ISO 320, 50 mm, 0 ev, f/6.3, 1/160

Well by this time my left arm was starting to spasm. This was like doing isometrics using only my left arm. I squeezed back out, got another tripod, this time for my hand to rest on, and then squished myself back in the cubby to wait for another shot. In about 10 minutes she came back.

Next the right guy - Sony A-77, DT 16-50, ISO 320, 50 mm, 0 ev, f/7.1, 1/160

Next the right guy – Sony A-77, DT 16-50, ISO 320, 50 mm, 0 ev, f/7.1, 1/160

Content now for a while - Sony A-77, DT 16-50, ISO 320, 50 mm, 0 ev, f/7.1, 1/160

Content now for a while – Sony A-77, DT 16-50, ISO 320, 50 mm, 0 ev, f/7.1, 1/160

The chicks then snuggled down to digest the meal while mom went back for more I presume.

Me? Well my arm and shoulder was numb from the ordeal so I broke down the set and headed back into the cool air conditioned car and headed home.

Boy, I sure hope Radio Shack has some CR-2 batteries for me to pickup on the way home. They’re located right next to Subway where I know they have ice cold drinks in the LARGE size.

 

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