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Slow Motion Hummingbirds 3 HD 720p

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Published on Mar 13, 2009

A male Anna's Hummingbird puts on a spectacular show in slow motion. The camera setup was placed so that the bird would look in the direction of the sunlight, so that the light angle would cause his irridescent headress to light-up a brilliant red - a difficult angle to get in many cases. Shot with a Canon HF100 using several shutter speeds and framerates for best visualization of the bird's movement and irridescent colors.

The odd bending and alternating wing movements are just an illusion caused by the camera's high speed shutter... something to do with the CMOS sensor scan rate in conjunction with the shutter movement itself. This strange effect only seems to appear when the shutter speed is cranked way up to 1/1000thsec and 1/2000sec. In reality, the wings really do move in parallel, and are fairly stiff so no detectable bending occurs. Better high speed footage can be seen in the later sequels to this show: Slow Motion Hummingbirds 5 (last half), 6, 7 and 8 (links below)
5: http://www.youtube.com/profile?annota...
6: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=j...
7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6n92W...
8: http://www.youtube.com/user/jcmegabyt...

Enjoy the show! :-)

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