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Male Calliope

Male Calliope
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: 2006-06-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 18:50
Viewed: 4232
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Identification Tips:
Length: 2.75 inches
Very small hummingbird
Relatively short tail does not extend past wings at rest
Relatively short bill
Bright green back and crown
White underparts
Adult male:

Gorget composed of purple-red streaks on white background
Greenish flanks
Dark tail without white tips

White chin and throat with thin dark streaking
White underparts with pale salmon wash on flanks
Dark tail with a trace of rufous color and white tips on the outer tail feathers
Similar species:
The smallest North American hummingbird, females are best separated by their short tail and small size. The rufous wash on the flanks should safely separate females and immatures from all species except the three Selasphorus hummingbirds, which all typically have more rufous in the tail. The streaked gorget of adult males should make them instantly identifiable. Calliope is the only species where the tail does not extend past the wings when at rest.
Found feeding at Indian Painbrush....multiple flash used.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-01 19:34]

Hello Wally,
Excellent capture, razor sharp with great colours and details. Nothing to complain about, really :-)
Best greetings,

Wow! This is a SUPERB shot Wally! You froze the action! Colors are really nice, composition and sharpness are excellent.
Great work. TFS!

Hi Walter

Fantastic in-flight. Love the bright BG. Nice details shown too. TFS.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-02-01 21:09]

great action capture, good colors good focus.

Hi wally

wow, such a great shot! It is sharp with great details. Beautifull colors. And Very good usage of F. perfect.


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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2007-02-01 23:53]

Fantastic capture Wally! Nice colours, composition and details!

  • Great 
  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-02 1:19]

Hi Wally,

Again a wonderfull inflight,marvellous colors details and sharpness,well done and TFS


Hello Wally,
amazing shot, as usual.
I can see your hand from a distance...
Good light, colors and compo.
Perfect use of the fill flash.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-02 2:00]

Bonjour Wally,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Very well done .TFS

Simpatico bird. Delicate but powerfull. Good composition and colours. I like the bird details and the background. Good work. Best regards, Cezar T.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-02 6:25]

Hello Wally,
Great action shot with great colors, great composition, great lighting and very good focus. I liked it a lot. Very well done!

Hi Wally.
a great picture with good light, you master the flash very good. Nice stop action with good sharpness and details.
I like the compo and tyhe POV.
Well done.

Bonjour Wally
Félicitation pour cette magnifique prise de vue . C'est vraiment une belle composition avec un superbe de belle oiseau ainsi qu'un BG qui est de toute beautée.
Félicitations pour la netteté et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo ....JP
Les sourires demain

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2007-02-02 10:36]

Hi Wally,
Really splendid: The sharpness is super and there is just enough motion in the wings to imagin how fast they are moving.
Exposure and colors are also great!
Very well done and TFS

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-02-02 12:12]

Excellent Wally!
Perfect moment and fantastic job.

hi wally!
fantastic capture with good
sharpness and nice pov
fine composition to
good work

Hello Wally.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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