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Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1 D X
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-07 18:27
Viewed: 1647
Points: 11
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From my trip to Ecuador.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds are nectar-feeders, feeding on Heliconia, banana, and coffee flowers (Greenberg et al. 1997). Since nectar is low in protein, they also feed on small insects (Remsen et al. 1986). This species is also a common visitor to human-made feeders filled with a sugar-water mixture.

This species is extremely aggressive and territorial (Stiles and Skutch 1989). They dive at other hummingbirds or large insects (such as butterflies) that invade their feeding area. While aggressive, they sometimes form loose nesting colonies. Like many (if not most) other hummingbird species, since their metabolic rates are so high, Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds go into a torpor state at night and on colder days to conserve energy.

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Hi Peter,
a real masterpeace of this little hummingbird in flight. Great colours and sharpness and it seems to look at you!

  • Good 
  • Adelia (0)
  • [2014-04-08 4:02]

Well captured...but why placed in centre of the frame!

Your series of hummingbirds is really wonderful; Peter; as in the case of this Rufous-tailde Hummngbirds. Perfect sharpness with bird-fly in flight; on a background perfectly gone. Congratulations!

Hernán Bortondello

Judicious use of fill flash. Magnificent capture of a Hummingbird in flight.

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-04-08 15:11]

Hi Peter,absolutely great! A very difficult in flight capture and a great result with impressive details and very bright metallic colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Excellent photograph of Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, excellent sharpness and details, outstanding composition, excellent lighting and background.
Thanks for sharing,

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