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This immature ruby throated humming bird has the feathers of another hummer stuck to the tip of its beak! They are very, very aggressive to each other and fight in the air and at the feeders at our home here in Southeastern Missouri all the time. Their feathers actually look quite ragged at this time of the year because of all the strikes they have sustained from other hummers. It is a wonder that they even get a good feeding at the sugar water feeders because they are constantly buzzing each other as they attempt to feed.
The focal length that I use when shooting the hummers in flight is so small, around 3 inches circumference, that the second bird you see here is only about two inches out of the focal area.

Nikon D40X with Nikkor 300mm VR lens on manual focus

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  • JDL15
    JDL15over 2 years ago

    clever shooting

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 2 years ago

    Wow! You really did get him!! Great capture!

  • Thank you Sis

    – barnsis

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

    They surely are scrappers! Nice shot to show how they are!

  • Thank you Sis

    – barnsis

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Great action shot!

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 2 years ago

    aw, beautiful capture Byron! :)

  • Thank you Karin

    – barnsis

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 2 years ago

    Fabulous action shot!!

  • Thank you N

    – barnsis

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    Guess they do not know how to share……Wonderful capture…..

  • NO, they are very agressive, Thanks Tomas

    – barnsis

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    amazing work !!!!

  • Thank you Guendalyn

    – barnsis

  • M.S. Photography/Art
    M.S. Photograp...over 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture,well done!

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongover 2 years ago

    Wonderful Byron! I just spent the morning drinking coffee watching the immatures…As is the pattern in my area of the country the dominant males leave here around Labor day weekend and I will get to enjoy the females and immatures for about another month. Always enjoy your hummingbird pictures my friend! ~Sam

  • Thank you Sam, I have one mature male that is running everyone away from one of the feeders so the other one has 10 to 20 around it all the time and none around the feeder he is guarding. He doesn’t even drink, just sits on the feeder mount and waits for any other bird to come around then chases them away.

    – barnsis

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