Update: Fledgling hummingbird almost out of nest!

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Once again, will interrupt my “catching up” session to let you know how our wind chime Anna’s Hummingbird nest is going. The photo above and below were taken on the same day (April 17), the top one in the morning and the bottom one in the late afternoon. As you can see, there is only one fledgling (I think the other one did not make it), and s/he is almost out of the nest! Yesterday morning, I saw the mother feeding it for the first time, but was not able to get a photo of this. Perhaps later today or this week?

And what difference a lens can make! The photo above was taken with my AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm zoom, while the one below was taken with the trusty old AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED and a Nikon TC-14E II 1.4x Teleconverter (I borrowed both for the weekend from Beau Photo Supplies, a great Vancouver shop). This particular lens doesn’t have VR or any of the other bells and whistles of recent Nikon lenses, but it is still quite sharp and has great reach (with the teleconverter), especially as you focus more closely. I will feature more photos taken with this lens in the next few weeks…

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