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Desertic hummingbird

Desertic hummingbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-13 4:55
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
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Here is a charming hummingbird photographied on the Margarita Island (Venezuela) on the west part of the island (which is a lot more desertic)... This one was caught on pixels while we were resting during a jeep tour in the sand dunes... His name is Buffy Hummingbird

I really don't find a lot of informations on Internet about this endemic hummingird (north of South America only). Is it the most common hummingbird of the desertic coast of Venezuela and Columbia.

The other strange thing about it is about its scientific name (Leucippus fallax) and its name in french (Colibri trompeur)... Both name (fallax and trompeur) means "misleading" in english... Go figure why???

Any comments?

Thank you!


Aaltjie, Matt-Bird, gracious, cicindela, deblink, Luis52, loot, delic, Alex99, SelenE, jcoowanitwong, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To peter_stoeckl: Trompeur...pilonm 1 09-08 08:25
To loot: I have to be honest...pilonm 1 07-14 06:16
To cuckooroller: Of course I remember you :-)pilonm 1 07-13 09:35
To Aaltjie: Thank you!pilonm 1 07-13 07:08
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Hallo Michel

This is what I call beautiful! Details is sharp, splendid sight not all of has the opportunity to see everyday. I enjoyed looking at this photo. I am no photographer but admire talent when I see it. This photo of the hummingbird proof to be one of those I admire. Deserves high marks. I like it a lot!

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the weekend.

very nice photo and interesting bird.

Hi Michel
A full speed action capture with great details (I love the bill penetrating the flower. Perfect sharpness and lovely BG

Hello Michael,

This is incredible! You have achieved such wonderful sharp focus on an action shot! I love that you can also see the bird feeding!
Excellent photography!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Beautiful and well done! Great Work!

Hello Michel,
This is really beautiful with sharpness, vivid colour and details especially the bg colour!
outstanding composition
well done
greeting from NZ

Really nice action shot, well presented and colorful.

Hi Michel,
Remember me? Still a nice photo...

Hallo Michel.
a beautiful picture of the eating bird, the picture is sharp with fine details and lovely colours.
Well composed and with a nice POV.
The subject standout very well from the clean BG.
Well done,

Hello Michel!
Very beauty photo of very acrobatic bird species :)
I like composition, POV and DOF. Also BG is very nice for watching :)
TFS and best greetings from Poland,

Hi Michel,
This is a spectacular image. The action you have captured is amazing. I am very impressed with the quality of the image. Wow.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-13 18:29]

Hola Michel. Exelente tu bella foto. Me agradan sus finos colores y el fondo. Saludos Luis52.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-14 0:25]
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Hi Michel

Yes my friend, charming it is indeed. One thing that is not "misleading" is the quality of the arrest on pixel. Although this lovely little bird might have an identity crisis due to the ambiguous reference in its species name or even in its French common name, but that does not deter one iota of its beauty and the remarkable (no incredible) way you have captured it. Stunning stuff.

You have almost frozen that exceedingly fast moving wings and possibly that was through the good fortune of the bird holding on to the flower stem. The composition is excellent with the flower stem running through the left 1/3 vertical axis and the bird occupying some of the remaining space of the 2/3 to the right. The colours are soothing on the eye, the details are sharp and well defined, the brilliant exposure was perfectly managed, and the extraordinary desert BG is well removed and OOF thus highly complimentary to the subject.

Great work and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-14 0:41]

Hi Michel,
Awesome shot of this Hummingbird captured with sharp details and nice colours. A wonderful moment freezed, when it is sucking in. Set against the neutral BG it stands out well. The lighting and focus are perfect. Excellent POV and a superb composition. Kudos.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-07-14 9:57]

Hello Michel,
Impressive photo with superb colors and composition. Background is particularly unique in its color, and the 1/800-sec was perfect to capture the fast wing motion. Regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-14 11:07]

Hi Michel.
I am touched by your heart words of congratulations. I shall aspire to correspond to them.

Your next shot is simply superb but clear impressive subject and outstanding technique of execution. All is perfect: lighting (it is great), razor sharpness of the bird and plant details, perfect exposure parameters and so on. Bravo and thank for my next favorite shot.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-14 14:49]

Hi Michel,
Nice capture of the buffy hummingbird with an interesting pose, nice colors, good BG, and a good lighting. TFS

Hello Michel,
Nice shot on this buffy hummingbird. Showing how agile this bird can be. Fantastic shot to freeze this fast wing. POV and composition are great. TFS,

Hello Michel,
Wonderful all round photo. A brilliant POV and bg colours.
Simply a great photo,

Hello Michel,
the delightfully smooth earthy colours and a strict composition make this image an eye catcher. Also the hummingbird and its constant motion are perfectly well captured here - good details caught but still enough motion blur to look perfectly natural.
Why it's called a fallax or trompeur, je ne sais pas. I guess "buffy" does describe it better.
With thanks, and my best regards,

Hi Michel,

I love your photo. It has the wow!!! factor.



Wonderful shot&great framing and focusing.Your timming is excellent and I like colors nad details for alot.

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  • Lith (58)
  • [2008-11-20 20:26]

A beautiful capture! :) :O I didn't know they could turn their heads like that! I love the wing detail with the light showing almost through it. :)

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