Hummingbird Breaking Water Bubble with her Beak!!

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hummingbird, Rufous Female, breaking the topmost water bubble from the fountain spray with her beak. You can see the spray above and below her beak here : )
captured while sitting on the patio



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Ingrid - Sep 07, 2013 08:02 PM EDT
One of the most incredible shots I've seen! Well captured!


Joe Bradley - Oct 07, 2012 06:32 AM EDT
I love this shot even though clarity is a bit off.I have been shooting hummers for awhile. this is one of the best I've seen. Good stop action shot. Good job. It is funny how they will play in water.
alandrapal - Feb 19, 2009 10:32 PM EDT
thanks Brian. of course, wish it was sharper, but will keep trying. Good luck with your attempts. it takes a lot of patience :)
AZBang - Feb 17, 2009 07:34 PM EDT
Nice shot. I've been trying to get a hummingbird shot for awhile now. One of these days!
alandrapal - Feb 12, 2009 03:07 AM EDT
am late with these thanks, but wish to thank CassyRandle, Beverly and Corinna for the encouraging comments. Am happy you like the photo.
CassyRandle - Jan 02, 2009 04:28 PM EDT
Wow...what a wonderful capture!!!
talsi - Dec 31, 2008 10:29 AM EDT
What a great capture. - Nice job
CorrinaCopRain - Dec 10, 2008 03:47 PM EDT
Hi Alan, this remains one of the most stunning images I ever saw of a hummingbird. Here in San Francisco Bay Area, we are currently working together with Native American Indian indigenous towards a Spring ceremony for the water. The imagery for this 4-day 4-year council event keeps coming in weird and wondrous ways. For instance, a hummingbird painting by Hawaiian artist, Francene Hart, we have permission to use on t-shirts and sarongs. We would love to know if you would grant such permission for this awesome image. Thank you for your consideration.
alandrapal - Jul 26, 2008 05:21 AM EDT
Hi James, just found your comment, that's so nice of you, many thanks!Am really happy you like viewing my photos, as I love capturing the images. Am still hoping to get a really great bald eagle image, was just speaking of this to someone. If you want to see some really amazing bald eagle pics, go to Fella's gallery here. He has some fabulous images of them! Thanks again, I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a nice message here.
jamesjcaine - Jul 25, 2008 09:59 PM EDT
just viewed some of your work, youare an amazing photographer. love loging in everyday to veiw your pictures. your bald eagle shots are awesome.
alandrapal - Jun 14, 2008 04:53 AM EDT
yes, I agree, Amanda, and thanks for the congrats, - would also have liked this one to be a bit sharper, but as you say, (in as many words :) it's very unique, and I keep hoping to get a sharper version. There are some sharper images on my gallery of the hummer enjoying this fountain, but none where the actual water bubble being broken with its beak, like this one.
itsallgoodamanda - Jun 13, 2008 12:01 AM EDT
I would of liked to see this a little sharper but overall what a fantastic effort and by far this is no easy shot so congrats to you
alandrapal - Mar 04, 2008 05:11 AM EDT
Hello again, Eve. I have just written to you at the email address you provided. I'll be happy for you to use the image. best wishes, Alandra
EvePranis - Mar 03, 2008 11:03 AM EDT
Alandra, Hi. Have you decided about giving Journey North permission to use this stunning photo to inspire students on our Web site? I'd like to post it this week in one of our "observation" and habitat activities. Please do let me know. Thanks! Eve Pranis (Journey North)
EvePranis - Mar 03, 2008 08:41 AM EDT
Alandra, Hi. Have you decided about giving Journey North permission to use this stunning photo to inspire students on our Web site? I'd like to post it this week in one of our "observation" and habitat activities. Please do let me know. Thanks! Eve Pranis (Journey North)
alandrapal - Feb 18, 2008 03:42 AM EDT
Hello Eve, sorry for the delay, have only just found your request here. I will get back to you asap about this. best wishes, Alandra
EvePranis - Feb 13, 2008 03:39 PM EDT
Alandra, I am the curriculum director for an online, nonprofit K-12 education program called Journey North. Our students explore seasonal change by following animal migrations (including those of 2 hummer species) at school and on real-time maps, and working with scientists and other students across North America. As part of an observation activity on habitats, I would relish being able to use this remarkable photo of one bird (comically) meeting her need for water. Would you be willing to give Journey North permission to do so? If so, how should the credit line/copyright read? Thanks much for entertaining my request. Eve (Pranis) Journey North
Guest - Dec 17, 2007 04:06 PM EDT
thanks very much, Robyn, for the nice compliment. happy you like it. That one was from 2006, there are some sharper images from this past summer.
Guest - Dec 17, 2007 02:15 AM EDT
Incredible shot. You do some amazing work!
Guest - Sep 12, 2007 01:56 PM EDT
that's very nice of you, Marilynn, thanks for taking time to leave such a great comment, much appreciated. Am glad you like the photo and hope there will be more that you enjoy :)
Guest - Sep 12, 2007 01:00 PM EDT
Unbelievable! This hummer picture is great. I just found your photos and 'thelensflare' site. I look forward to all your photos. Thanks
Guest - Sep 08, 2007 03:23 AM EDT
Hi Ursula, thanks very much for the nice comments, am happy you like it :) I was hoping to capture something similar again this summer, but didn't quite get one like this. I did get some cool shots of the hummer looking at itself in the gazing ball tho'. Hope you will find those and enjoy them also. best wishes, Alandra
Guest - Sep 06, 2007 05:28 PM EDT
that is so brilliant!!!!
Guest - Aug 14, 2007 11:34 PM EDT
that's nice of you, JB from NJ, thanks very much for taking time to look and leave a great comment. Happy you liked it :)
Guest - Aug 14, 2007 04:01 PM EDT
sweet shot, no lie one of the best i've seen.
Guest - May 08, 2007 03:44 PM EDT
that's a very nice comment, Sandrak, much appreciated and many thanks. Am happy you enjoy the hummingbird images :) Hopefully again soon, I'll be able to capture more of them, once there are more flowers open in the garden
Guest - May 08, 2007 01:27 PM EDT
WOW! What an amazing shot. I've seen a lot of your work, but I think the hummingbird series is my favourite :)
Guest - Mar 12, 2007 11:13 PM EDT
thanks for taking time to leave a nice comment, Bernadette. Reading manuals is something I find hard to do, and should be doing more of it. Prefer the 'hands on' approach to cameras.
Guest - Feb 18, 2007 06:03 AM EDT
Absolutely amazing shot. And ditto with Steve, I am fiercly jealous of the view from your patio. Now I'm off to read my manual!
Guest - Jan 09, 2007 03:06 AM EDT
thankyou, Jeanne. Now I see where I'm getting confused with you and Jeannette :) who is Artsyinchicago. It's cool how you both left comments one after the other, so now I could see both names
Guest - Jan 08, 2007 10:41 PM EDT
Amazing! *jeanne*
Guest - Dec 24, 2006 12:01 AM EDT
that's very nice of you, Jeannette, thanks very much for the nice comment about the photo :) Can't wait til the hummers return next spring.
Guest - Dec 23, 2006 11:49 PM EDT
That is an awesome shot! Photography at it's finest! You captured it just right! ~Jeannette~
Guest - Nov 04, 2006 07:51 AM EDT
no problem, Steve. Have just realized I'd missed one from my friend Vicki, posted here on Oct 20th. Thanks again for the generous praise, much appreciated. Have been enjoying your photos also. I truly do feel, tho', that since getting the new camera in January, it has helped greatly to improve my photography. Loved both my earlier digital cameras too, both Sony, but the telephoto aspect was lacking, also the speed, - so knew I was missing out there. But hesitated for ages about going to DSLR, for fear that I wouldn't figure out how to use it (never being any good at f stops and all that sort of thing :) Anyway, am glad to have taken the plunge as have had such a wonderful amount of pleasure with the Canon :)
Guest - Nov 04, 2006 07:21 AM EDT
Vicki! - somehow missed your lovely comments earlier, not sure how that happened, - apologies, - that was so nice of you. Am happy that what I've mentioned has been helpful, you are most welcome. Am really sorry about you dropping your Konica Minolta, and hope you can soon find another to replace it. Keep in touch, hugs from Alandra
Guest - Nov 04, 2006 04:43 AM EDT
Sorry Alandra, I missed this reply to my comment. I think you are too modest when you give the camera the credit: it's only a tool and it takes you to create these fantastic images! I'm in London, although as you'll have noticed I do a lot of my photography in France. Not many humming birds in Southampton I imagine!
Guest - Nov 02, 2006 04:19 PM EDT
that's really nice of you, Steve, thanks very much. Am smiling about the earthworm comment :) I have to give the camera a lot of the praise for capturing the image, it's very fast on the sports setting, which I used to capture this one. We do feel very fortunate to be able to have the hummingbirds visit us each spring and summer here, and miss them now they've left. I've been trying for literally years to get some good shots of them, and finally about 2 summers ago, started to capture some better images. Thanks again. Where in UK are you? I used to live near Southampton, Hants.
Guest - Nov 02, 2006 12:33 PM EDT
Simply breathtaking! I think the most exotic creature I could photograph from my patio would be an earthworm! That might be a little less taxing technically! On balance, I can't decide if I'm more jealous of your incredible technique, or of your patio with such extraordinary sights!
Guest - Oct 20, 2006 06:17 PM EDT
many thanks Photobug, am happy you like it. I think it was one of those "lucky shots".
Guest - Oct 20, 2006 06:05 PM EDT
I soooo love this picture. A truly amazing shot and a very talented photographer. I enjoy your photos very much.
Guest - Oct 20, 2006 11:55 AM EDT
Hullo, dear friend! I missed this incredible gem before. Your explanations for getting your shots are really helpful - plus your candor in speaking to so many of us in a way we can identify. This is awesome, Alandra - i wondered if you were using multiple photos. Unfortunately I can no longer do that with my Konica Minolta after dropping it last summer (I'm searching out its replacement), but may experiment with my little Panasonic Lumix, as dragonflies are as common as mosquitoes down here, but almost impossible to capture. Thank you for sharing your ever-increasing skills and incredible images with us!
Guest - Sep 18, 2006 01:44 PM EDT
thankyou Farrukh, for the nice comments. Am happy you like it. This is my first comment from Pakistan.
Guest - Sep 18, 2006 10:36 AM EDT
Waoo, Yaar, its a fantastic shot. Great capture man. You rock it. :)
Guest - Aug 20, 2006 08:29 PM EDT
thanks for the praise, Fella, that's really nice of you and appreciated. Sure am happy with the camera, just love it. It goes almost everywhere with us. That's a great setting for these shots, as you know with your famous eagle shots! You've been up our way, hope we can meet ya sometime. thanks again : )
Guest - Aug 20, 2006 08:10 PM EDT
great great capture ..of this hummer are diffently the Queen of hummer pics none can come close to all yr hummers beautiful shots ..arnt ya glad ya got that 20d ..same settin i use with my eagles action settin in burst mode ..good going ..been out commercial fishin up point roberts mostly around boundry bay area n border town is that the name any ways love em all ..kudos ..fella
Guest - Aug 13, 2006 02:48 AM EDT
many thanks Fiona. I was very happy to get that one : )
Guest - Aug 12, 2006 07:49 PM EDT
all i can say is WOW
Guest - Jun 30, 2006 05:33 PM EDT
Hello again, Anne, how very kind of you, what an encouraging comment you've left here, thanks so much. The pleasure is mine, as I love sharing them, and it's so nice to hear when people enjoy them. Thanks so much. Made my day : )
Guest - Jun 30, 2006 03:58 PM EDT
Wow. A super shot. You are fantastic. I come and look at all your pictures and am filled with good thoughts to get me through my day and thoughts of YOUR WONDERFUL ability with camera and getting great pictures.
Guest - Jun 26, 2006 07:09 AM EDT
thanks so much, Tania, for the lovely comments, much appreciated. Am happy you like the hummer pics also. I've hoped for years to get some good shots of them, so am pleased with these this year.
Guest - Jun 26, 2006 03:12 AM EDT
Well you just get better and better. I cant say any more than everyone else on your perfect photo. Just wanted to let you know you have a fantastic talent to capture this beautiful birds in different settings with wonderful framing
Guest - Jun 26, 2006 01:10 AM EDT
again, thanks very much, Susan from New Zealand and Gary from AZ, for the kind comments. Thanks also for the hint about Shutterstock, Gary. Have always had lack of organizational skills and low motivation so I rarely think about this, but perhaps I should.
Guest - Jun 26, 2006 12:42 AM EDT
Your hummer photos are so good, I'm pretty sure you could be selling them if you would do a little research. Shutterstock would be one place you could look into if you are interested.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 11:10 PM EDT
Wow, that is an awesome pictures, very effective, love the colourings in the birds feathers.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 08:19 PM EDT
Hi Alex, LOL, that's a good one. Well really, that was my profession before retirement, training hummingbirds : ) - very specialized field, lol.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 08:13 PM EDT
WOW!!!!! Have you ever considered being a bird trainer??? I know you train them to do tricks for
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 03:29 PM EDT
Beverly, also wanted to mention that this camera will fire off 5 shots per second, just read that recently.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 03:10 PM EDT
many thanks for the great comments, Carol, Mel & Beverly. much appreciated : ) and very encouraging.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 03:09 PM EDT
Hi Beverly, will hafta get the manual out for the technical description, but in layman's words : ) the Snowy Owl photographer just explained that it enables you to get continuous shots fired as the bird moves away. He was able to get many captures of a snowy owl flying away, whereas I was only able to get the one shot, in other words. You could get a better description by doing a google search for Canon EOS 20D Al Servo, probably,-- just thought of this : )
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 01:13 PM EDT
What a great shot! I am not familir with Al Servo setting, can you explain further?
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 07:46 AM EDT
WOW, WOW, WOW, I'm nealry speechless with this spectacular image. Again you have excelled yourself Alandra. Well done. Your experiments with different settings are paying off! Mel.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 07:30 AM EDT
Awesome capture of the Hummer!!! Carol
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 05:24 AM EDT
thanks very much (again) Alex D, that's very nice of you. Was hoping some would enjoy the hummer pics, and it seems several do, so that's encouraging. Am very happy to share them, as had always wanted to capture some good shots of the pretty little birds, and had no success til last summer. Have had untold pleasure and happiness from this camera and lens. Can't put a price on something like that, that gives a person so much pleasure, right! - esp. in one's retirement years.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 04:31 AM EDT
Utterly amazing. Thanks for sharing the details on the camera settings. I think that and that Canon "L" lens you are using (not to mention your growing talent for this type of photography) really bring out the magnificent detail in these shots. To tell the truth, every day, I look forward to seeing your "hummingbird" shots. They really stand apart.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 03:28 AM EDT
thankyou for the nice comments, Karen and Stephanie. I just figured that the sports setting would work for birds too, and it seems to. When I first discovered how to set it to Al Servo, outside the store that day, I took pics of moving vehicles on the road outfront of the store parking lot, to test it out, and it worked for the cars. Then tried it on some low flying planes, coming in to land at the Vancouver Int'l Airport, that worked too. So then I thought "BIRDS", and that's how it evolved, recalling what the man had said while at the Snowy Owl shoot that day : )
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 03:11 AM EDT
An amazing capture! Stephanie
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 02:41 AM EDT
You captured just the right instant. This is great. Especially hand held. I'll have to try that setting for birds.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 02:11 AM EDT
thanks Deb, glad you like it. No secret, the equip is all listed in "tools"above. No tripod, it's an I.S. lens. Guess you missed my last reply where I explained that I have it set on the sports symbol, your Canon must have the same symbol. And that automatically sets the "Al Servo" setting, which lets pics be taken in burst mode. So the camera takes 5 shots per second, and about 25 shots I think, altho I never take that many at once. A fellow photographer mentioned the Al Servo setting to me when we were taking pics of the Snowy Owls some mos ago, but I didn't dare tell him I had no idea how to set the camera, lol, - so came home, got out the manual,which didn't explain it the way it should have, - so ended up just finding out how to set it by chance a few weeks ago, much to my happiness : ) - while waiting in the vehicle for hubby while he was in a store. So have been using it that way ever since.
Guest - Jun 25, 2006 01:58 AM EDT
Wow, what a shot! Time you started sharing with us the settings's and equipment you're using for these amazing shots - unless it's a trade secret, of course.

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