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Upside down hummingbird, black chinned

Upside down hummingbird, black chinned
Photo Information
Copyright: ML LGB (mlgb) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 31] (125)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus D-560 Zoom
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-02 11:34
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken about an hour before sunset in Joshua Tree National Park, in the Cottonwood wash below Cottonwood Springs. I didn't try to disturb the bird, but I think it was sleeping and not dead. Hanging upside down at about eye level! I believe it's a Black chinned hummingbird. I've seen a little bit on the internet about "hummingbird torpor" so maybe that's whats going on here!

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That's incredible, great shot! I never saw this myself but heard about it. Yes, you are correct, this is most likey a bird in torpor ("mini-hibernation").
If you would allow me, I will show this in my "Ecology of Birds" class. I will give you full credit. Great document!! First I thought that you posted a joke and turned the photo, but the shrub tells otherwise. This is an example of "learning about nature through photography". I am glad I am part of this site.

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