View Full Version : A hummer On Golden Pond

Ed Harrow
07-23-2001, 08:57 PM

I took this picture holding camera up to eyepiece of 20x telescope. Came out pretty good, I think. (I did crop it a bit). This is the first time I've ever seen a hummer on a nest. We also saw her feeding her two little ones, but I was unable to catch them with the camera.

[ 06-24-2004, 05:23 PM: Message edited by: Ed Harrow ]

07-23-2001, 09:18 PM
Nice Ed,What time of day,how much light,what camera settings?
That is an interesting shot.

07-23-2001, 09:27 PM
NICE! Keep shooting ----you could make some
money with that technique-- http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

Ed Harrow
07-23-2001, 09:49 PM
The picture was done either in the 10ish am or, more likely, sometime between 4 and 6 pm.

I used an Olympus 460 digital camera (I also took some with my OM1, but I don't have them back yet http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif )

Other shot details: 1/75 sec at F2.8, in macro mode

Using the same camera I did a similar shot for work, looking thru an optical hydrometer and it came out really great. A tripod would have been a great asset for this venture as the location of the camera with respect to the telescope's eyepiece was really critical and I found it quite difficult to hold the camera still and in the correct alignment.

07-24-2001, 05:12 AM
What a lovely picture!

Dave R
07-24-2001, 08:16 AM
Hey, Ed, that's pretty cool. Who'd a thunk you could do that? The quality is pretty good and I've never seen a picture of a hummingbird on a nest. Thanks for sharing.

Not the same sort of thing, but back when I was selling cameras, I set up a customer with an odd arrangement of macro zoom and extension tubes to photograph the record heads on the hard drives they made. The head had a 10 digit number etched on it and I was able to make it readable.
Check out the animated simulation http://www.research.ibm.com/research/demos/gmr/index.html

Tom Dugan
07-24-2001, 08:32 AM
As the creator of more failed through-the-scope pics than I care to admit, I'll say "great job!". Luckily you had enough light to keep the exposure time down.

A few years back we were lucky to get a hummer nesting right outside our sunporch. It's glazed with smoked glass, which allowed us to get fairly close without undue alarm on her part. She fledged 4, I think. Haven't had them back, and the tree came down in a July thunderstorm 3 years ago. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/frown.gif

(Once-upon-a-time astrophotographer)

Greg H
07-24-2001, 08:33 AM
Nice picture Ed, how did you find it? I've never seen one on a nest before and have only seen one stop on a branch once.
If you check with one of the telescope manufactures you can probably find an adapter to hold the camera in the right place. Only one I can think of at the moment is Celestron, but a web surch would turn up more.

Ed Harrow
07-24-2001, 09:21 AM
Sometimes, I guess, it pays to not know something will not work. Years ago I played with magnifying lenses in front of cameras, the camera with and without a lens. Got some interesting results! No prizes tho.

Here's my first attempt with this camera looking thru optical hydrometer:


Nobody believed it would work, either, LOL.

DAVE!! THANKS FOR THE LINK!!! I put it onto our intranet site. IBM uses our pumps to make the read/write heads.

Greg, our friends up there on "Golden Pond" have a hummer feeder, and have always had a number of the little guys. Lurker John noted this one flying back and forth, and eventually located the nest. Tho not very far away (20' maybe, tops) you couldn't see anything with your eye. The 200 mm lens on my OM-1 didn't show anything either. The nest just looked like a pinecone.

Tom, was that professional or amateur?

Tom Dugan
07-24-2001, 10:34 AM
Student, then graduate student, then amateur. I realized the world could afford to pay only so many astronomers, and I wasn't one of them. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

Sad to say, I can afford only so many hobbies at once, time-wise. So while I'm gathering wood and planning for a Shearwater, and trying to finish up a couple of cabinets for SWMBO, most of a 4" refractor (less mount) sits in the basement.

And (and here I'll try to avoid ranting) I've noticed I've definitely developed an aversion to the way astronomy is moving to point-and-look, high-tech, all flash and no brains technology. It's really, really similar to wooden boat vs plastique yaahhts. When I get around to it, I'm going to cast me a Victorian-era telescope mount out of bronze, and put a wooden-tubed scope on top of it. Might even get a buddy to build a weight-driven clock drive to go with it.

Luddite, and proud of it.

Pee Ess, there's a dealer in wooden plywood tubing in the back of MAIB. I got a mahogany tube for that 4" lens. Gonna be purdy. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

07-24-2001, 11:05 AM
I was car camping in Eastern Colorado near Independence Pass and there were more Hummingbirds than I've ever seen before . Found out it was customary for campers to deploy their own feeders when setting up ,but my friend and I had just driven accross the country from Georgia and didn't know about that . Saw one briefly perch .

Spagetti with tomato sauce was the evening meal and I was just adjusting my plate on my lap when I realized one of the birds was poised about 6 in. off my right ear . Then it thrust its beak in the hot sauce ,realized it had the wrong stuff , and zotted off in a straight shot till it was just a dot on the horizon .The whole encounter took about 6 seconds .

Tom Dugan
07-24-2001, 12:47 PM
True enough, Will.

Back here in the East we've only got the Ruby Throated hummers. I was with a friend on the Continental Divide in Gila NF the first time I was in New Mexico, and we'd stopped the car to view the scenery, which included a large wildflower meadow. It took a while to figure out what the persistent humming was. They were all over the place.

Quite a memory, that.


Dave R
07-24-2001, 01:35 PM
There's a guy up near my in laws who has a hummingbird feeder that hangs from a football helmet. He puts it on and just sits real still in a lawn chair. Pretty soon he has the little hummers about 6" in front of his face.

Josephine Houy
07-24-2001, 04:16 PM
Beautiful photo! I've heard they use spiderweb silk and dandelion fluff to line their nests. And did you know that if you wear a hummingbird medallion in Mexico, it signals that you're looking for a spouse? (I wonder what signal we use in the USA?!)

08-02-2001, 10:12 PM
I encounter nests of the little ones quite often, usually on the lower third of the tree canopy and always out at the extreme end of the most wind whipped limbs. The chicks must get a thrilling ride on windy days. If eggs or chicks are present I've never approached close enough for a photo, but when empty, gotta take a peek.




Amazimg creatures.


Josephine Houy
08-03-2001, 11:14 AM
Wow! Looks like downy feathers lining the inside, but how do they construct the exterior... is that mud?

ken mcclure
08-03-2001, 11:46 AM
Josephine, in the USA the current trend seems to be to carry around a snapshot picture of your portfolio. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

06-25-2004, 12:02 AM
Great picture, and I bet it was an awsome moment to behold such a wonderful event. What was it like holding your breath to get ensure you got the best picture? Did you whisper to yourself about how great this is~ I know I would have.

Thank you for sharing something that is so off the political spectrum, and reminds us that there is so much more going on in the world.