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A long billed curlew finds itself a little early morning sand crab meal along the shores of Oxnard beach Ca.

This small hummer was taking several little ruffled feather perch breaks while buzzing around the feeder and chasing off any other little hummers trying to get their fair share. I found these little guys to be rather territorial when it comes around to feeding time! Guess i’d be a bit exhausted often too though if I had to constantly flail my arms or legs from 40-80 times a second to move around.

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My favorite of the little hummers who visit the backyard feeder is this little fella which, if I’m not mistaken, is a Costa’s hummingbird, due to the iridescent purples and extensions of his throat feathers past the neckline. I have spent some good long hours laying in wait to get some decent captures of these particular birds as they are small and very fast and require the right angles to capture their ruby or purple colorings. Being restricted to manual focus only is another challenge i face when snapping away at these little hummers. These shots were taken at  300mm iso200 1/500sec exposure at f5.6 Hope you all enjoy! 🙂SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC


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So this is the other little hummer that was sharing time at the feeder the other day. I happened to catch one shot of the little fella in mid blink and always wonder why it’s usually a bad thing when people do it on camera but, makes for interesting or adorable kind of moments when animals do.


I think that’s about all this photo tends to show does it not? 🙂
I just love these richly colored hummingbirds and the purple on this little ones throat and head were dazzling!


Ok, so i’ve been wanting to get some nice closer pictures from a distance than my current stock 20-50mm lens has allowed but, i’m not yet ready to fork over $300+ on a lens for my camera make when i do not photograph for a living nor get paid for any of my work either. I had first tried with an old manual focus and f-stop super albinar 50-200mm lens which i got for around $20 but it is very heavy piece and tended to lack in focus clarity with the adapter ring attached to my dcsc camera body. Today i visited the local camera shop and had found an old used Quantaray 70-300mm with auto f-stop from 4-5.6 with a price of $39. I was told that these were bargain end Sigma type lenses and that probably wont work with my camera. Of course i was not looking for or expecting any of the auto focus functions to work with my camera, i just wanted to use the manual functions to have something extra in my bag to try and get some closer shots at full resolution from a distance until I can afford the proper zoom lens meant for my Camera. I see no reason to dish out hundreds of $$ on other popular named brands if i can’t use the auto functions or electronics anyway. Now, i read all kinds of mean nasty things about this Quantaray brand on all kinds of forums after having already bought it but after doing some test shots today, i am wondering, is it really all that bad??
Maybe my eyes are just getting older and i cannot detect all the little flaws and nuances in the pictures i’m taking, or maybe i just got lucky and got a better build than others have experienced with this lens brand. Whatever it may be, after playing around with it today i think i rather quite like the quality of images this lens is giving me in all its manualness! 😀
Anyhow, maybe you pros or people more keen and adept than I in the photography world can give me your opinion on the above image taken with this lens?
This was taken at 180mm from about 10ft away at iso100 1/500 sec exposure and enlarged 2X using in camera cropping option.
No other after touch ups or editing added apart from my signature.


A pair of Turkey vultures which circled over me during my hike at Lake Elizabeth Ca.