Thursday, August 14, 2014

Capturing a Hummingbird

This summer we added a hummingbird feeder to our yard.  Then the waiting game began.  
It took about five days for them to find the feeder.  

I read up on how to capture the best picture.  You can see how the pros do it HERE. But since I am not a pro and don't want to take the time to create a set up like they described, you get our kitchen window version.
 So my son and I have been taking turns trying to catch these little guys in action.  We set out the camera near the window and this is what we have caught so far.
You can find a cheap feeder at your local hardware store.  Don't buy the premade nectar, make your own.
Mix 2 cups water and 1 cup white sugar in a pot and bring to a boil.  As soon as it comes to a boil take it off the heat and let it cool.  Since you should change out the food every few days, you don't need to fill up the feeder to the top.  
They will be drawn to the red color and the smell of the sweetness.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

They weigh about the same as 2.5 paper clips.

A resting humming bird can take up to 250 breathes per minute.

My attempt to grab a picture with my phone.  I love Instagram. 
If you want to set up a feeder in your yard, go HERE. It has all the information you will need.
Thanks for stopping by my backyard!  
Have a blessed day!
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