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Black Chinned Hummingbird (Male)

Black Chinned Hummingbird (Male)
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Copyright: Wally Rufous (rufous03) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 14 N: 212] (1366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-16 13:13
Viewed: 3689
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Adults are metallic green above and white below with green flanks. Their bill is long, straight and very slender. The adult male has a black face and chin, a glossy purple throat band and a dark forked tail. The female has a dark rounded tail with white tips and no throat patch; they are similar to female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Their breeding habitat is open semi-arid areas near water in the western United States, northern Mexico and southern British Columbia. The female builds a well-camouflaged nest in a protected location in a shrub or tree using plant fibre, spider webs and lichens.

They are migratory and most winter in Mexico.

These birds feed on nectar from flowers using a long extendable tongue or catch insects on the wing. While collecting nectar, they also assist in plant pollination.

Because of their small size, they are vulnerable to insect-eating birds and animals. This bird is fairly common in its breeding range.

A hybrid between this species and Anna's Hummingbird was called "Trochilus" violajugulum. The Black-chinned Hummingbird is also known to hybridize with Costa's Hummingbird.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-11-16 13:18]

Hi Walter, splendid very nice pose you captured. Good colours and background. Sharpness is perfectly even more considering the movemebt. TFS Reina

Hello Walter,
this is an excellent shot! I like it very much. Fantastic POV and framing here! Great sharpness, details and very nice colours. This is an excellent composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-16 13:41]

That is a different POV. Lovely shape, great BG, I love the colours



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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-11-16 14:21]

Excellent in-flight capture of this little busy hummingbird :)
Great control of lighting :)
Cheers :D

HI Walter,
what shall I say - you know I love it - it's perfect - thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-16 15:12]

Hi Walter,
Again a perfect shot only another angle this time. Nice composition and pov. I like the bg very much.
tfs paula

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-16 15:24]

Hi Walter,
this is perfect capture.Very nice pose,really.Superb POV,fine details.Very good isolate main subject for BG.Beautiful colours.Also good tone colours OOF background.
Great work!TFS and greetings.

Excellent humming bird shot for sure. Perfect colour; detail, & POV. Nice work.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-16 16:29]

Hi Walter

Another very impressive capture of this wonderful hummingbird.
The POV is very unique :) But it does a great job showing the lovely colors of this beautiful species' underbelly.
Magnificent sharp details ,great usage of flash and impecable DOF - keeping every edge of this little beauty in full focus and leaving a nice blurred BG, as well.
Great work!
Bravo and TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-16 20:37]

Absolutely stunning pose, details and colors.
Fantastic POV and composition.
An outstanding shot.
TFS. : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-11-16 21:32]

Excellente prise de vue sur cet oiseau,la pose de l'oiseau est parfaite et les couleurs très jolies.


Hello Walter
Great POV as others have noted. I'm amazed that you were so successful in freezing the wings at 1/250th - although I'm sure the flash helped. Exposure is spot on. Regards.

Hi Walter

Another high quality in-flight shot. Beautiful composition. Thank you! :-)

Interesting perspective, a most unusual POV.
Great sharpness and DOF. Good background.

Hello Walter,
This is an other amazing shot from you! Even if you have explained me your technique, I still don't understand :) Excellent composition, POV, DOF, lightning. As it for the details, I think that the left feather on its tail is a little soft; just kidding :))) Perfect work and TFS,

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