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Thanks Joshua. I was using a Fujifilm s4250 for this shot (and most of my older pictures). I've upgraded to a Canon Rebel T3i since then, and usually stick with my 55-250mm IS zoom lens. I'll be upgrading my lens and flash soon.
For under $200, the Fuji s4250 is a really great camera. It can do most of the things my Canon does for a few hundred dollars cheaper.
For emergency baby bird food - dry kitten food soaked in water works pretty well for most hardy bird species. Sorry to say I forget the ideal brand, but be sure the first ingredient is meat and that it has a high protein content (this is assuming the bird is an insectivore). I used the cap of a water bottle and put a few pieces of kitten food in it, then added just enough water for the pieces to become soft and spongy after soaking for an hour or so. Mash the soaked kitten food up, then use a small object to feed the bird, such as tweezers with rounded tips (or something similar that has no rough edges which can cut, poke, splinter or otherwise harm the bird's fragile mouth or throat.). Mix another batch up while feeding - they need a lot of small meals throughout the day. The bird will usually know how much to eat, but you'll learn his habits quickly. One trick I learned is to gently tap the edge of his nest area while the baby is sleeping and see if he pops his head up for food - kind of like when the mother lands on the nest, it surprises the baby and triggers a feeding response. Do plenty of research, and check your local laws too..
Good shots - he's colorful little guy. It looks similar to a species I tried to photograph last summer. Every time my flash went off, the fly would jump into the air for a split second before landing back on the leaf. It was so fast I didn't even notice it with my bare eyes, but almost every picture I took had the fly in an acrobatic position, suspended in the air. Hoping to see them again this year. I almost forgot about it until I saw your pictures.
Great pictures. I observed a Red Fox den for 5 or 6 months last year, studying the adults and waiting to get a picture of the babies. My shots didn't come out as good as yours, but your pictures make me want to go do it again. They're a fun species to watch.