<< Previous Next >>

Broad-tailed hummingbird

Broad-tailed hummingbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-09 7:05
Viewed: 4120
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Broad-tailed hummingbird, Selasphorus platycercus, is a medium-sized hummingbird, nearly 4 in (10 cm) in length.

Female at nestMale and female both have iridescent green backs and crowns and a white breast. The male has a gorget (throat patch) that shines with a brilliant red iridescence. The female is much duller with rust-colored, mottled flanks and underside; her tail feathers are tipped with a band of white. In flight the male's wings produce a distinct trilling sound diagnostic for this species.

The summer range of the Broad-tailed Hummingbird extends across mountain forests and meadows throughout the Western United States, specifically the Great Basin region and southwards; the resident birds range from the cordilleran mountain areas of northern Mexico as far south as Guatemala. At summer's end the northerly birds migrate and overwinter in the southern part of their range. This species is somewhat vagrant, especially wintering birds, and is regularly seen in El Salvador where it does not breed. They occur at altitudes ranging from 700–900 m (2,300–3,000 ft) up to 3,350 m (10,990 ft) ASL in the tropical parts of their range.

Aside from the typical hummingbird diet of nectar and insects found at flower blossoms, the Broad-tailed Hummingbird will also actively hunt insects, both in flight and on foliage. This species is not considered endangered; it appears to be able to adapt quite well to human-modified habitat and frequents shade coffee plantations.

From Wikipedia.

CeltickRanger, pegos, Miss_Piggy, uleko, bungbing, PaulLees, chrimakris has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ana974: Fondo Difuso.Luis52 1 07-09 09:19
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hello Luis

WOW ! excellent in-flight shot of the
Broad-tailed hummingbird, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, beautiful catch-light,
i love the light and the color tones of the background,



  • Great 
  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-07-09 7:52]

Hello Luis
This image is simply wonderful. The colors are beautiful, the background enhances the subject in a marvelous way. Excellent sharpness and detail.
Sincere congratulations.

Hallo Luis
Long times no see, but I am glad to be on the site while you have posted yet another striking image. You have captured this Broad-tailed Hummingbird beautifully whilst hovering in the air, but it look as if it is frozen, and THAT is only what an experienced photographer can achieve and produce. The shiny eye and the long bill are beautiful and display with great clarity. Thanks for sharing a stunning "action" shot.
Best regards.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-09 8:08]

Hello Luis,
What a nice photo of this hummingbird in flight. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Fantastic blurred BG.

Hola caro amigo Luis!
Si un día yo pudiera conseguir una foto como ésta, yo seria la más orgullosa persona en el mundo.Que bela foto, que nitideza y que belos y hamoniosos colores.
Bravissimo caro Luis! Es un plaser poder mirar tus belas fotos de pajaros.Sólo queria que me respondieras una cosa: por que el BG de tus fotos tienen simpre eses colores? Una curiosidad!
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana!

PS: gracias por tu visita à mi galeria!

Hi Luis, this is just an outstanding in flight shot of this hummer. You did a great job capturing this hard to shoot little bird. Have a wonderful weekend. Greetings fron the USA, Bill

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-09 8:43]

Hello Luis,
A really fabulous capture of this lovely Hummingbird, that's really quite plain but looking fantastic against the beautiful backghround.
Great focus, sharp details and timing is perfect! Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Luis,
Excellent captured of the hummingbird in-flight! very good clarity, lovely highlighted eye, a superb camera skills!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hi Luis,

Fantastic capture of this Broad-tailed Hummingbird, splendid detailed sharpness with lovely feather texture, exposure spot-on, love the background that doe's justice to the bird, great stuff Luis and well done,
Best regards,


fantastic refreshing capture, greetings Ori

Hi Luis,

i enlarged this your magnificent photo, i'm wrong or in the hummingbird's eye it's possible to see you reflected?It would be incredible if this were the case.As someone has already pointed out, being able to "freeze" the flight of a hummingbird is not an easy thing, here your attempt has been excellent.In addition the frenzied movement of its wings is not blurry like in other pictures i've seen in the past.As for the rest (sharpness, light, etc.), everything is perfect.



Hi Luis,

Wonderful shot - brilliant timing and sharp focus, and very effective shutter speed to capture just the right amount of movement in these incredibly fast wings!

Thanks for sharing - great work.


  • Great 
  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-10 9:58]

Hi Luis,
Excellent capture of flying bird.Gorgeous light and colours and
excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-11 5:24]

Hello Luis,
this really a wonderful shot. so pretty in full action. you have frozen it very well in excellent details and features of sharpness.
indeed a stunning shot1
Congrats for such a splendid composition.


Very impressive in flight photo Luis! Excellent composition fantastic colours and very good sharpness.

Delicado trabajo. Colores fantásticos. Enfoque y profundidad al punto.
La velocidad de disparo a mi gusto muy acertada, ya que no la congelaste
y por ello das esa sensación de movimiento al estar el ala borrosa.
Eres tremendo con una cámara en las manos !!!
Enhorabuena Luis:

J. Ignasi

Calibration Check