Hummingbirds with the Pana-Leica 100-400 (image heavy) - A running thread

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I've seen a number of hummingbirds lately, and fortunately I've had my long lens along on a couple of occasions. I know that small sensors and slow lenses aren't supposed to take bird photos, but I went ahead and did it anyway. I've posted some of these in the "Share Birds" thread, but since they keep showing up in my yard, it's probably time to give them a dedicated thread. We planted a number of Agastache plants (nicknamed "Hummingbird Mint") over the last couple of years, and this year especially, it seems to be bringing them in. These are from a few days over the last month or two:

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Fantastic shots! I have lots of hummingbirds but not a lot of luck capturing them so far. I need to try more often. You've inspired me!
 
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Fantastic shots! I have lots of hummingbirds but not a lot of luck capturing them so far. I need to try more often. You've inspired me!
I think I have brave/dumb hummingbirds near me. They let me get pretty close to them.

Was all this shots hand held?
Yes. I rarely use a tripod, except for long exposures. I think they would be hard to track with a tripod, since they are so fast, or you would have to frame wide and then crop. I tried to fill the frame when I could, so many have minimal crop, if any. It means some lost shots and some weird combination of manual/ auto focus, but it works ok for me.
 

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I think I have brave/dumb hummingbirds near me. They let me get pretty close to them.
This makes a big difference! In recent years mine have all been extremely skittish, disappearing even if I am 50 feet away, but this year I've had some close encounters, including one while watering the garden this morning and another while weeding near the salvia that they love. I stood totally still and the hummer perched on the feeder for a drink and stayed a while. It was close enough for me to see that it was a juvenile male whose ruby throat was just starting to develop.

I guess that's my cue not to go outside without the camera and long lens!
 

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Wow!

Images 1, 2, and 4 in particularly absolutely knocked my socks off. Some of the best hummer photos I've ever seen, with any equipment.
 

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Spec-freaking-tacular!

You must have the eye of an eagle and the reflexes of a table tennis champion.

Seems you're getting your moneysworth out of that lens.

Cheers, Jock
 

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