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A Wildlife Photographers Dilemma Roadrunner Taking Hummer
I don’t believe this has ever been caught in slow motion before – a roadrunner plucking a hummingbird from a feeder. An amazing couple of seconds in Nature’s wonderful equilibrium.

This clip highlights the slo-mo capabilities of the Sony RX10 Mk III in terms of its high frame rate video. This is pretty high resolution at 240fps, played back at 24 fps. As such, we see a 10 x slow motion clip. It was shot by hand through my kitchen window – the roadrunner is very wary of my presence, so I couldn’t get closer.

Watch the little hummingbird at the feeder – you may wish to view the clip fullscreen. You can see the hummer fluttering and hovering around the feeder, seemingly a little nervous. Then he dips into the port of the feeder…..

I have many hummingbird feeders placed around my house. I have done this for more than 10 years, and I live next to scrubland wilderness. I have a relatively huge local population of hummingbirds as a result – even a healthy number that over-winter with us. I make sure the feeders contain clean sugar water, and that the water is at less concentration than naturally occurring nectar. This makes flowers a preferred food source over the feeders. Nonetheless, I have been known to go through 10 gallons of sugar water in the peak of the summer, when the population can exceed 150 birds.

So, an abundant food source attracts many hummingbirds. Which in turn, attract predators. We have many Mexican Scrub Jays, which predate on young hummers, particularly at their nests. Interestingly, hummingbirds will not build nests anywhere near the presence of jays, so while we have a big population of local hummers, there have been a total of 2 nests ever found on my property in over 10 years. We also get our fair share of snakes – particularly California Black Racers, which also predate on hummingbirds. I will write another post about that sometime in the future.

And then, there are roadrunners. They are wonderful birds – very quirky, quite large and a little goofy. But they are smart, patient and determined. They will crouch at the base of my hummingbird feeders for hours, waiting for the right opportunity, then launch. Their kill rate is less than 1 in 10 attempts, but nevertheless, they still do get the odd hummer.

I pride myself in my wildlife photography that I do not impact the behavior of my subjects, and I shoot hummingbirds a lot. I regard myself on the ethical side of wildlife photography, with the likes of the great photographers such as Tom Mangelsen, Tin Man Lee, Melissa Groo, Melyssa St Michael, and numerous others. None of these folks (me included) bait, cajole, or coerce their subjects. Ever.
But here I am, providing an artificial scenario to feed roadrunners. I shoo them regularly, and they are incredibly wary of me, but as I said, they are determined….

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This video has been watched 57,944 views since uploaded on Oct 7, 2016 until March 15 2018 05:04:00 GMT+7 and still counting. Duration Roadrunner Meets Hummingbird – Lake Havasu City AZMike Donaldson • 1.4K viewsLive1:48 minutes.
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