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Sword-billed Hummingbird

Sword-billed Hummingbird
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-30
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches, jmp *1, Birds of Ecuador [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 5:07
Viewed: 4710
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sword-billed Hummingbird
Ensifera ensifera

Another pose of the same Sword-billed Hummingbird, the background is unfortunately very busy...

Photographed in Yanacocha reserve on the slopes of Volcan Pichincha,at around 3400 mt altitude, just an hour outside of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. The reserve protects a large area (960 ha) of Polylepis woodland on the slopes of Volcan Pichincha.

Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) is a species of hummingbird from South America and the sole member of the genus Ensifera.

E.ensifera has a 4'' beak which is longer than its body (excluding the tail); it is noted as the only species of bird to have a bill longer than the rest of its body.

At rest it sits with its beak held up vertically to reduce neck strain. It is found between 1700-3500m, it is commonest at 2500-3000m, & is sedentary. It lives in humid to semi humid upper montane forest and forest edges, sometimes at patches of of shrubs in the Páramo. Páramos are zones of elevation found in the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador, Northern Peru & Venezuela. They have a very difficult & variable, though not extreme, climate, often ranging daily from wet, cold & windy to sunny & warm. It is known to feed from flowers with long pendant floral tubes.

Exposure Time: 1/500
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 260 mm
Date Taken: 2007-04-30 08:40
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode

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Hi Selen.
Wow, great shot, the composition of him perched on the branch looks good. It is amazing the length of his bill, you have shown that perfectly.

New Zealand

Gagasının uzunlugunu çok net ortaya koyan bir görüntü güzel ve ilginç bir kuş ellerine sağlık Selen.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-12 5:30]

Hi Selen

What a rare capture! Excellent POV and colour.



Hi Selen,
What a beautiful bird do you capture
great pose, and rare beak so long that yes look like a Sword, good colors very sharp, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

hi selen,
wonderful capture, i never thought that a bird could have so long bill, nice point of view, liked the composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-12 5:38]

amazing capture! Superb colours, awesome details

Woah! That IS a large bill. Amazing!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-12 7:47]

Hi Selen,
Really good pose, pov, details of this interesting bird. Composition is perfect with the branches and -personally- I prefer this realy backgroung to a blurred one.
TFS, José M.

Hello Selen,
Impressive hummingbird.
The perching is very good. I really don't mind the BG being busy.The 4" beak is very sharp :-)
Good work!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-12 8:54]

Merhaba Selen,
Bu kuşun bu kadar uzun gagası olduğunu hiç farketmemiştim.Böyle uçmak herhalde zor oluyordur:)Kuşun parlak gözleri,renkleri ve gagası tüm dikkati üzerinde topluyor,arka planın kalabalıklığı fark edilmiyor bile.Ellerine sağlık!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-12 9:03]

Hello Selen,
WOw, you're very lucky to have captured this very special Humming bird with its enormous bill. I like the pose very much and sharpness and colours are both great. In spite of the busy background it stands out very well.
TFS and bet regards, Ulla

Hi Selen,
Wow, This guy gets top "Billing" ;}}
Never seen this before in a hummer, nature never ceases to amaze.
Great post & Very well done.

Hello Selen
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
I've noe seen this one before,
Perfect focusing,composition and BG,
Superb shot, TFS

Good Luck

merhaba Selen Hanım,
bu muhteşem güzellikteki kuşu çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz. renkler ve kompozisyonun yanısıra odaklama, netlik, detaylar çok güzel. elinize sağlık. görme fırsatı verdiğiniz için özellikle teşekkürler. selamlar. Ahmet

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-12 14:26]

Oh my god!!!
What an amazing bill!!!!!!
That is soooooooooooooooo long.
Excellant capture.
Well done,

Hi Selen, Amazing and well captured, lovely colours good DOF stands out against the blurred background, nicely done. Cheers Rick

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2007-07-12 23:10]

Superbe Selen.
Je n'ai jamais un tel oiseau. J'aimerais dorénavant le rencontrer pour le photographier avec autant de talent que le tien.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-13 0:28]

Hi Selen,
This is an awesome bill and it really looks like a sword. How does it manage with it, must be bumping around with it, ha ha. Very sharp image with crisp details and colours on its plumage. Excellent POV and a superb composition. Very educative note too. Kudos.

Hola Selen,
Preciosa e interesante toma de gran definición, con mucho detalle, gracias por mostrar estos pájaros tan originales y raros para mí, Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Selen,
That is one LONG beak for a small bird. You have composed the photo well (not like you had much of a choice with that beak, hehe). A well seen and displyed subject .
Great shot,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-13 3:38]

Hello Selen,
The sharpness, pose and fine composition make up for the busy BG in this superb capture of the Sword-billed Humingbird, and amazing species of humingbird.
Thanks for sharing this one with us and have a nice weekend yourself!

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-07-13 13:07]

Hello Selen,
Wonderful photo. Superb details and brilliant colours. Lovely bird...

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-13 18:48]

Hola Selen. Wow. Nunca he visto un "Colobri" con tan grande pico. Muy bella tu foto. Saludos Luis52.

Selen, this is really an exquisite bird.

Great pov and composition.

I like pose too.

I tried a workshop.

wowww! What a beak! very nice capture of this very special bird. sharp, nice catch-light and beatuiful colors. TFS!

Hello Selen

What an interesting creature!! very well captured, with a good composition and good light.


Hi Selen,
this bird is marvelous - I'm not sure if it is so happy about such a long beak - but it looks very abstract and you captured it so sharp and brilliant, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-07-19 7:18]

Merhaba Selen,
I wonder if there are incidents of these hummingbirds breaking their bills. Yes, the background is busy, but it is a terrific capture nonetheless. Selamlar,

Çok ilginç bir kuş. o gagayla nasıl uçuyor merak ettim. tebrikler

Hi Selen,
uaoooooo!!! The bill/beak is unbelievable. Excellent composition, POV, color and detail. Very well captured.


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