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Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-21 8:34
Viewed: 2571
Points: 40
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Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus)
The male Broad-tailed's wings make a cricket-like whistle in flight. One female Broad-tailed holds the North American age record, at twelve years old.

Physical Description
Average weight: male 3.16 g, female 3.6 g. Females are larger than males.

Adult male: Metallic green back and crown, white breast, rose gorget, rounded tail.
Adult female: Green back and crown, white throat and breast with black spots, rusty sides, green central tail feathers; outer tail feathers are rusty at base, black in middle, and white at tips.

Observed in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and Manitoba. Winters in Mexico.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-21 8:50]

Hi Jane . A good inflight shot of the humming bird. you have captured this with good timing and detail , good use of the light giving natural colours. well done TFS.

Hello Jane
This is a stunning inflight capture of the Humming Bird...Just an ask..Has he only got one wing? or is bent over behind his body..Im guessing to achieve the hover they have to rotate thier wings on an axis...Either or all ways its a stunning inflight capture.
All the Best

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-21 9:14]

Hello Jane,
You've caught this little one very nicely in flight! I like the pretty rose-coloured gorget! Good light and a lovely pastel background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-21 9:18]

Hello Jane,
A fine in-flight of a Broad-tailed Hummingbird caught from a fine POV to show this male's iridescent plumage round the head and neck against a fine neutral BG. We miss these beauties in Europe, so seeing them like this is the next best thing.

I'll bet this one got your blood flowing well...super in flight shot yet one good frozen wing...1/800the is above the minimum benchmark of 1/600th so voila! Good show. I am so glad this all worked out well for you. And with the extender even!!

What a beauty my Sis Jane:) You captured this hummingbird in a well POV and with wonderful details. The vivid colours on it and BG are excellent.
TFS and greetings from Boreo-Cyprus:)

Hi sister Jane, colourfull picture and good shot for this interesting hummingbird... you did very well as usual... sorry I did not write critiques to your shots on TN, because I was on holiday in Cyprus. I will catch up when I come back to UK...
Regards... all the best.. Leyla

Hi Jane
Really cool action shot of this mysterious guy.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-08-21 12:39]

Hello Jane, a beautiful bird and perfect shot of its with nicely DOF and framing.TFS and regards,

Hi Jane,
Excellent capture of Hummingbird with great POV and composition, sharp details, pleasant BG and natural colours.

Hello Jane,
The colour in this beautiful image is real nice especially on the bird itself!
good and natural inflight shot!
our little friend still a great job!
well done

Hello Jane, wonderfull shot of this hummingbird in-flight.
TFS and regards,

Hi Jane, perfect shot of a hummingbird with nice details and POV.
TFS and regards,

Hi Jane,

You did really well here, these shots are difficult at the best of times. Good POV. Well done.


What an array of amazing shots I'm back to, Jane!
A marvelous shot, must've been very difficult to capture!But very well worth the effort!
Cheers, Sis!

Hi Jane,
A nice flying action capture of this beautiful Broad tailed Hummer. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Jane,

Good dof and composition.
Nice the unsharpness in his wings, so a good exposure time.


Hello Jane. This little bird is looking really graceful here. Wonderful sharpness of the body in flight. Commendable work and thanks for sharing. Regards. Jusni

Dear Jane,
Grand action shot of the Broad-tailed Hummingbird. The high frequency flutter of the left wing is hardly visible :). TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-25 11:07]

Hello Jane,
From the last weeks I had a lot of photos to work off. This one I enjoy very well. What a beauty in an excellent exposure. Very good quality!
Kind regards,

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