Standoff at My Hummingbird Feeder!

Only 3 more weeks until we head back to the boat, I’m sitting at my desk, lamenting the fact that the wind is HONKING and the slalom skiing today isn’t probably going to happen, I notice that there’s a twig stuck on my hummingbird feeder.  When I went out to clear it, it’s not a twig at all, it’s a praying mantis that has adopted the feeder as a great place to hang out.  I’m not sure if he can actually get to the sugarwater, but he sticks his head in like he’s trying.

Praying Mantis Invades Feeder

Meantime, one of the territorial hummingbirds has just noticed that the feeder has been invaded.  This calls for some tough swooping, loud “chee-dit” chirping and fast dives out of nowhere, all designed, I’m sure, to scare away the interloper.  But the praying mantis just sat there watching the antics.

That's MY feeder, you interloper, GET OUT!

That’s MY feeder, you interloper, GET OUT!

Finally tiring of trying to frighten the praying mantis away, the hummingbird sits beside him, I’m sure he needs some sugar water energy after that display defending his feeder!

When you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

When you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

What's a mantis to do!  Phone HOME ET!

What’s a mantis to do! Phone HOME ET!

Photos taken with my Canon XSi and my primary lens, a Canon 18-200mm zoom.  Photo 1 was ISO200, 200mm, f/6.3, 1/200.   Photo 2:  ISO200, 200mm, -.7 EV, f/8, 1/320.   Photo 3:  ISO200, 60mm, f/8, 1/200.  ET photo:  ISO200, 200mm, f/5.6, 1/125.  It’s windy so the hummingbird feeder was swaying and I had to switch to manual focus and still most of the shots were WAY more out of focus than these, although these still aren’t sharp enough.  But practice, practice, practice.  🙂

If you’re a photographer and have advice for me to get sharper photos, I’m listening!  Please leave a comment!  Cheers!   Jan


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