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Leucistic Hummingbird

Leucistic Hummingbird
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Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-09 5:06
Viewed: 3897
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a very unusual leucistic bird. Notice that it is not an albino as the eyes are still pigmented.

It is difficult to be sure about the species without the colours but I suspect this might be either a Blue-chinned Sapphire or a Copper-rumped Hummingbird. There are only six species on Tobago and based on the bill and the size of the bird i suspect it is one of these. If you know better.... please correct me... ;o)

The hummingbirds can be quite aggressive towards each others but this one they all treated like a ghost and just ignored. The bird came out from the rain forest exactly every twenty minutes, filled its belly and took off again. You could set the watch after it.

This photo is from my 60:th birthday... what a great present!

From http://birding.about.com/od/identifyingbirds/a/leucism.htm
Albinism is another genetic condition that can turn a birdís plumage pale, but there are distinct differences between albino and leucistic birds. Leucism affects only the birdís feathers, and typically only those with melanin pigment Ė usually dark feathers. A leucistic bird with different colors may show some colors brightly, especially red, orange or yellow, while feathers that should be brown or black are instead pale or white. Some leucistic birds, however, can lose all the pigment in their feathers and may appear pure white.

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What a lucky break!!!
Very sharp.
Presented with CLASS!!!
Great notes too.

Hello Bengt,
Outstanding picture.Very well control of light.Excellent details with splendid colour.I like its pose.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Bengt,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色華麗 吃東西的動作很棒也很新奇
光線亮麗 羽毛可以看的很細膩也很高貴
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Bengt!
Super shot with excellent clarity and details. Well done my friend.
Best regards

Ciao Bengt, lovely composition with beautiful Hummingbird, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-09 14:29]

Hi Bengt,a very lucky meeting with this unusual specie,great capture with the bese exposure and details too,a great personal gift for your birthday...hehe...i wish you all the best and thanks,Luciano

Hello Bengt. Super shot. Nice details of this bird.
Leucistic birds arenīt unusual in my country (Turdus merula and Fulica atra).
Have a nice weekend.

They are many mutations which act on various colours, in various parts of a bird plumage. Maybe a bird breeder would be able to identify the mutation and hence the original bird colours.
A very sharp photograph, with the pink feeder complementing the more muted bid plumage.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-01-30 19:37]

Hello Bengt,
What a neat shot of this leucistic hummingbird. You have photographed it perfectly in fine detail. I'm sure you will always treasure this particular image, as it is a one in a life time shot.
I too was fortunate to capture a leucistic bird a few years ago. We had a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk visit our area for five years in a row, and I managed to get quite a few shots of it. They are some of my most cherished photographs that I have. I posted some in my gallery if you care to look at them.

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