Alpha Male

Posted by ADKShooter on Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:55 pm

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Nikon D850, Nikon 500 F5.6 pf
ISO 800, 1/500s, F5.6 

This is a dominant male Ruby-throated Hummingbird that was using this perch to launch chases against it's rival males for territorial and feeding purposes.  There was a medium sized patch of blackberry bushes in full bloom in an opening in the woods that he kept for his own. In this image he chirped as he was launching his attack on a hummingbird below.  Unfortunately it was a cloudy day and my somewhat slow shutter speed did not quite keep it's head completely sharp.  However, I thought it was close enough that the overall image was worth submitting.

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by david fletcher on Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:23 pm
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He looks an angry Hummer as mentioned Warren.  On a mission.  Good story telling and own critique on the money.  I'd say in this case the behaviour more than makes up for any misgivings you have on your own standards.  Super shot!
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by peter makuch on Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:03 pm
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that is a odd shot, so I guess birds go were every they what to go even on of pine trees, well taken and to see those little feet's of his, cute WARREN.

by Axel Hildebrandt on Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:14 pm
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Great pose and I also like the slightly opened bill.
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by Moby Dick on Sun Aug 01, 2021 6:15 pm
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I like the comp and the color. Superb background. This behavior is called Disheseance.

by paul fletcher on Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:21 pm
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Most definitely worth submitting, Warren ! The evergreen perch is somewhat unusual to see a hummingbird on, and makes for a very unique image.

by Karl Egressy on Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:33 pm
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Nice perch and wings up pose captured..

by Cindy Marple on Sun Aug 01, 2021 9:19 pm
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Hummingbirds can be downright fierce in their defense of territory. This pose conveys quite the attitude. I really like the setting- all greens- and so the pop of red of the gorget stands out quite well.

by Carol Clarke on Mon Aug 02, 2021 1:37 pm
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Definitely worth sharing, Warren! The uncompressed view brings out more detail and you have captured this behaviour in a very nice frame.

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