ThreeJunga ~ beautiful pics!! olddave thanks for the awesome video!
I have had mega good luck with hummingbirds since moving here in 2001. They nest in our trees and I've had the privilege of getting pics of them in all stages, from nest building to egg laying to growing out of the darn nest and feeding at my feeder.
opalasattic, I have had only two feeders and I use only the water/sugar solution for food. One is the typical hanging feeder and and the other one was a suction cupped one on my large kitchen window. That was bird TV for my kitties as they could stand on the window sill and swat at them...... the birds weren't afraid of them after while and I really think they just teased the cats. LOL I stopped using the window one two years ago and those birds REMEMBER. They will hover at the window where it used to hang and then go to the feeder in the tree.
I have held hummers but I've never hand fed them.
A trick to get awesome pictures that I read on the net. A red shirt over your head and stand close to the feeder. It worked fine but I wasn't comfortable peeking out of a neckhole sooooooooooooooo I made a straw hat with silk sunflowers and RED silk Gerber Daisies glued all over it. (Minnie Pearl in SH lol) I put it on and stood on a stepstool about one foot from the feeder. Magical! They buzzed my head and went about their feeding at the feeder while I clicked away. My neighbors thought that I was nuts..... LOL I am..... get over it!
I'm in between moves and most all of my pictures are packed but here are a few that are floating around on-line.