August 2006

Photographer: Jack Goodman

My new hummingbird friend

The photograph you are looking at is of a female at my cottage in the Southwest Arm of Lake Temagami. The males feed from one feeder and the females from the other. The alpha male is very territorial and attacks any other male who tries to drink his sugar water. The females fuss a lot with each other, but they, more or less, get along and several will feed at one time.

The way I took this photograph was to focus on the feeder with the camera back about 12 feet with a strobe attached and an electronic cable release. Then I waited for one of the females to feed.

At first they were shy, but when they found my finger was a good perch and they didn't have to burn energy to feed, they quickly accommodated themselves. It was a real ball to feel the breeze of their wings as they came into the feeder. They were all quite tame by the end of the summer.

Jack Goodman

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