HummingbirdXXXX by loiteke

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Photo is taken in America, USA, California, Orange county, close to Mnt. Baldy. I am using now Nikon D 3200, lenses are the same.

I have found that this is the best recipe for making your own nectar—I feel the birds prefer it over the various instant mixes.

1 Part Sugar
4 Parts Water
Boil 1-2 Minutes
Cool & Store In Refrigerator

Never use honey or artificial sweeteners! Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth. Artificial sweeteners have no food value. DO NOT use red food coloring in your solution, as this could be harmful to your hummers. No testing has been done on the effects dye has on birds. Most feeders have red on them and that should be enough. To stop attracting bees to your feeder you need to prevent the bees from reaching the nectar. Feeders by Best 1, Aspects or Droll Yankee are the best at keeping nectar out of the reach of bees. Even with bee proof feeders a little extra care is needed as when hummingbirds eat they lap, not suck up the nectar. This lapping causes a small amount of nectar to end up on the surface of the feeder near the feeder ports which the bees will quickly find. When you see bees on a bee proof feeder, simply wipe the surface with a wet sponge and your bees will leave.
Successful Tips for Attracting Hummers to Your Yard!
If you never seem to be able to attract hummingbirds to your yard, try one or more of these tips, and you should see hummers at your feeder soon! All hummingbird feeders that are purchased these days have red on them somewhere,but if you are in doubt that there is enough red, try tying a red ribbon on the feeder. Another way to attract attention to your feeder is to place it among flowers that hummers like, or hang a basket of flowers nearby. You will find that feeder activity slows as more flowers bloom in your yard. Do not panic! They prefer natural nectar over what we give them in our feeders, so they are still around, and you will see them at your feeders more often, as the blooms start to diminish. If you live in the Eastern part of the United States, you will find you only have one hummingbird that will visit us for the summer, and that is the Ruby-throated. They are very territorial and defend flowers and feeders within their favorite roost spot, so if you want to attract more than one hummer, try putting up 2-3 more feeders out of sight from each other—perhaps on another side of your house

Meeli Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants. It needs good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago


  • PineSinger
    PineSingerover 1 year ago

    Beautiful little hummer!

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    2013/09/21 One image per 24hrs

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 1 year ago

  • SummerJade
    SummerJadeover 1 year ago

    Beautiful shot and lots of information! Our problem is not bees, but ants. We can’t defeat them! The feeders have cups in the center (where the hang-up hook is) that hold water and these do trap ants but some always make it over to the holes and end up floating inside! Also, the chickadees keep drinking all the water! Whoever designed these expensive feeders didn’t have any chickadees around! lol

  • put there vaseline around the feeter

    – loiteke

  • SummerJade
    SummerJadeover 1 year ago

    I will try it, thanks! ☺

  • – loiteke

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • – loiteke

  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    I do this with purified water, no boiling and add a few drops of red food dye, they love it.

  • – loiteke

  • branko stanic
    branko stanicover 1 year ago

  • Thanks so much Branko

    – loiteke

  • SarahJanesCards
    SarahJanesCardsover 1 year ago

    gorgeous :)

  • – loiteke

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