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Female Calliope Hummingbird

Female Calliope Hummingbird
Photo Information
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 400mm f/5.6 L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches, 5 favs. and up, Karatash's other favorite -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-12 17:41
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Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Female Calliope hummingbird hovering above a red plastic feeder.....red reflection from the feeder seen on her breast and face. Natural light, no fill flash. ISO 400.

2¾-3¼"- The smallest of the North American Hummingbird. Male metallic green above, has a white gorget with purple violet rays which can be raised to give a whiskered effect. Female green above, white below with dark streaks on throat, buffy flanks and white tipped tail corners. Resembles the female Rufous, but smaller and paler flanks.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-10-12 17:52]


Fantastique couleurs,l'arrière plan est lumineux et l'oiseau est bien saisi. Bravo pour les détails et la composition.


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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-12 18:29]

I am fascinated.

Well taken, love the detail.


Hello Walter,
Good PoV and sharpness nice colors.
Wonderful picture of one of the most beautiful birds in nature, well done congrats ;-)

VERY NICE! WOnderful colors! It is so hard to catch a bird in flight, especially a hummingbird because they are so fast! I love the sharpness and details here, only a pity the wings are slightly blurred due to motion. Nonetheless, FANTASTIC!

Hi Walter,

Everyone knows how hard is to take a shot of these hummingbird. Very well captured thogh with nice smooth background.



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-13 0:39]

Magnificent light, colors, and POV, Walter.
Love the pose of the wings... and the spread out feathers in the tail.
Very sharp details.
TFS. : )

This is excellent work. The DOF is amazing, as is the sharpness of the hummingbird. I like the position of the wings, as well as the way it's feet are open, like it's getting ready to land. Very impressive photo!

superb shot!!! salute for this very nice and lovely freezing moment.....
Nice BG, great sharpness and details.....
This goes directly to my fav...:)
Bravo...and TFS

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-10-13 2:35]

Hi Walter, really a perfect shot! Very nice colour setting and perfect timing. You have a very good portfolio. Keep them posting.
Thanks for sharing Reina

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-13 3:26]

Wow Walter,
what a splendid capture. The colors and sharpness are really great.COmpliments, Jacob

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-13 4:34]

Hi Walter

Another wonderful shot of a Hummingbird, the composition and POV is superb and the pose and lighting with the red feeder reflected on the birds breast and face is just amazing, exceelnt detail and colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-10-13 6:22]
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Great work Walter, bravo! TFS

Hi Walter,
That is a superb shot! Spot on exposure has rendered amazing colors and detail in the plumage. Just enough motion blur in the wings to enhance the shot. Perfect backround. Extremely well done!

This is an amazing photograph. Pin-sharp body, lovely colours, complementary smooth background and all by natural light! The red reflected light provides a nice counter to the otherwise very green tone of the shot. Absolutely stunning, Walter - I would love to see this image full-size.
Thanks, Nigel.

Absolutely magnificent. Details and exposure. Everything.
Well done.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-13 10:04]

Hi Walter,

An exceptional good inflightshot of this hummingbird,very sharp and detailed and a nice grenish BG,


Hi Walter,
it's perfect - what a sharpness and such a cute pose, I also love the pastelle-colours - everything is excellent here, I'm a little jelous because we don't have this birds here in Germany ;-( So thanks for this wonderful shot, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-13 11:43]

Hi Walter,
Great shot with lovely colouring, sharpness and comp.
Excellent capture!
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hello Walter,
marvellous in-flight capture in a perfect pose, with excellent details and very pleasant well exposed colours.
The uniformly coloured lush green background fits perfectly well. I wonder how you achieved that background in such a delightfully clear hue of green, without any visible structures of vegetation. Has it been a painted wall?
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-13 22:25]

Bonjour Walter,
Very nice picture of this hummingbird. Very sharp and good composition. Good background. Very well done!
Regards, Francois

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-10-14 11:07]

hi Walter,
I think you caught him in a realy good moment, perfect timing.
Good pov, sharpness and soft bg.
TFS paula

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-14 21:39]

What a cute little fellow this is Walter. Excellent shot for such a small bird. I like the movement of his wings, but his feet looks so funny like this. Great shot, TFS

Hi Walter

Another awesome in-flight shot. Stunning colours and perfect OOF BG. Very good work. TFS.

Hi Walter,
What a stunner. Just about as perfect image as I think is possible. Beautiful lighting and perfect timing. Love the way the BG colour compliments the bird plumage. Awesome effort.

  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-10-23 9:50]

Hola Walter,
Una imagen impactante la de este colibrí, sin duda una de las mejores que he visto de la especie. Mis felicitaciones.

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  • jack123 (306)
  • [2006-10-24 20:34]

reelement une superbe composition et un piqué terrible bravo pour cette photo

Somptueuse photo!

Le mouvement est parfaitement mis en valeur,les couleurs sont belles et le piqué extraordinaire.
Un vrai régal!



Wonderful image with bright colors and excellent sharpness.

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