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A 2nd (and hopefully better!) edit of my favourite hummingbird as she returned to her nest but stuck her tongue out at me first! Seconds after this shot was taken, she flew directly at my face but made a course change before impacting my nose to a location right over my head – where she fed her two fledglings within my reach. She and I had gotten to know each other over the previous few months so she trusted me with the location of her nest and young on the last day they gathered there. All abandoned the nest immediately after that last feeding.

Weedy Field is a place between two parking lots in a rapidly growing area outside Sacramento, California. It’s full of wildlife, some of which has come to know and trust me. I never had a name for Zip’s mom because I was new to the ‘field’ when I met her. She was high atop a tree and singing loudly. In fact, she taught me the sounds to make to call hummingbirds to me. Once we were acquainted, she’d usually fly towards me when leaving her perch, something I’ve never gotten used to. LOL! Even when protected by a Nikon D80 and a Nikkor 70-300mm lens between my face and her beak, it was always shocking to see how close these birds will come to your nose. If one had a “bad fly day”, you’ve have your own custom backwards beak somewhere on your face! :-D

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and you’ll always be OK. ;-)

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  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlateralmost 7 years ago

    fantastic shot well captured

  • Thank you (late as heck!)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Jennifer  Tate
    Jennifer Tatealmost 7 years ago

    I like this shot alot… great job

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks! :-)

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...almost 7 years ago

    Great shot, Lenny. Love these guys. Nice timing & detail. Well done!

  • Dorothy Venter
    Dorothy Venteralmost 7 years ago

    Perfect capture. Well done.

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAalmost 7 years ago

    Thank you both! But on the timing issue, there’s an interesting wrinkle: my D80 has been defective since purchase and hasn’t been able to shoot 50% as many shots per second as it’s designed to shoot! The 300 shots it took to get this single funny one should have been more like 650 shots and at least 2 or 3 of this same image. Sure, I got one and I’m happy with that but I can’t show it in a newspaper or radio station website without losing the rights to it. Having a “toss away” image number from a camera taking faster shots of the same subject would have eliminated that problem. With a broken camera, it’s a wonder it captured this shot at all! :-\

  • jesika
    jesikaover 6 years ago

    Sad your camera doesn’t work as well as expected/hoped, but this is a truly wonderful and unusual image.

  • Lenny La Rue, IPA
    Lenny La Rue, IPAover 6 years ago

    Is it unusual? I know nada about hummingbirds other than what I see around me. So is sticking out a tongue a weird thing for one to do???

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62over 6 years ago

    What a beautiful image… even more beautiful that you and she were “friends” : ) Wen x

  • It WAS very cool but I’m fostering new friendships with the cheeky buggers and hope I’m allowed to get this this year. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 6 years ago

    Wow what a shot and what a long tongue! great job Lenny

  • Thank you and “tongues they have aplenty!” LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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