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Female Rufous Hummingbird

Female Rufous Hummingbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Wally Rufous (rufous03) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 14 N: 212] (1366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 L USM
Exposure: 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-03 16:36
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Points: 24
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Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Often described as "feisty," the Rufous may have the ideal size-to-weight ratio among North American hummingbirds. This bird outflies all other species, and usually gets its way at feeders at the expense of slower, less-manoeuvrable hummers. The Rufous has the longest migration route of all US hummingbirds.

Physical Description
Average weight: male 3.22 g, female 3.41 g. Females are larger than males.

Adult male: Non-iridescent rufous crown, tail, and sides; back may be rufous, green , or some of each; bright orange-red gorget, white breast. Green-backed Rufous cannot be reliably separated from Allen's in the field without extensive experience and a good view of the spread tailfeathers through a scope.
Adult female: Green back and crown, white breast, streaked throat, rufous sides and base of tail feathers, white tips on outer tail feathers. Very similar to female Allen's and Broad-tailed.

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Ciao Wally, lovely bird with wonderful colors, beautiful composition and splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-03 17:12]

Fantastic. An amazingly sharp picture. Very well exposed, supersharp and perfect compositon. Superb frozen action. TFS!


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-03 17:21]

Hi Wally.
Excellent capture this Rufous in-fly. POV,composition and details are amazing. Beautiful colours and nice BG too.Well done nice work.
TFS and greetings.

  • Necipp Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1110 W: 15 N: 21] (100)
  • [2007-01-03 17:48]
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Hey Walter where have you been last few months hummers have been missed. A nice shot here as expected from you bird looks great wing tip a little near edge but on the whole congrats rgds Necip. sorry points tomorrow.

Hi Wally,
Excellent shot! Amazing. Very sharp and neat image.

Ben Lakitan

Wow, great stop action photo. I would have thought one would need an even faster shutter speed for an in flight hummingbird. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

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  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-04 2:50]

Wonderful shot of a Hummingbird. Looks like perfect sharpness

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-04 7:33]

Hello Wally,
You manage very well your great equipment, this action shot is realy wonderful. Impressive sharpness, good use of flash, vivid colors, neutral OOF background, etc.
Congratulations and Happy new year !

Hello Wally,

Excllent capture perefct details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, The lighting the BG POV DOF exposure just excllent

TFS Kyle

Hi Wally
F A N T A S T I C shot, all is very good.

great great great!!
i love this picture

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2007-01-07 0:54]

Bravissimo! ***

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-10 9:54]

Hola Wally:
”Magnģfica! Es encantadora esta imągen, con colores muy agradables, una buena iluminaciņn y profundidad de imągen.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-19 1:45]
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Hi Wally

Absolutely stunning capture of this magnificent little bird…wow. Imagine, tipping the scales at a whopping 3g. A piece of cotton with wings and a long beak attached.

Your composition is spectacular, the colours are brilliant, the details are superb and of the highest standard, the BG is remarkable and it compliments the subject, while the exposure was perfect and spot-on.

Very good work and TFS.

PS. You really have an impressive portfolio and your hummers are exquisite. Excellent work.

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