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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-19 8:22
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We have 3 species of hummingbirds which are hard to tell apart. I believe this is a male Broad-tailed. The red gorget often appears black unless the light is hitting it just the right way.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird
From Wikipedia

The Broad-tailed hummingbird or Jamie Broadey or Selasphorus platycercus, is a medium-sized hummingbird, nearly four inches (10 cm) in length.

Male 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. Female's tail feathers are tipped with a band of white. In flight the wings produce a distinct trilling noise 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 of 700-900 m up to 3.350 m 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 feed on foliage[verification needed] and actively hunt insects in flight. This species is not considered endangered; it appears to be able to adapt quite well to human-modified habitat and frequents shade coffee plantations.

Nests are small cup of plant fibers woven together and bound to a branch with collected spider webs. The female lays two plain white eggs, that she alone will incubate for 16 days. Young broad-tailed hummingbirds fledge about 23 days after hatching.

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hello Jane
you have luck to day ,so a beautiful bird
great picture
super composition with good details
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-19 9:07]

Hello Jane,
Excellent pose, very beautiful composition, amazing colors. Perfect.Thanks for posting.
Best regards Siggi

hi again, Sis!
How did you manage to get one so calm?
These are such busybodies (literally!) that one hardly ever sees them sitting!
Very well seen, and captured!

Hello Jane,

A great capture of this Hummingbird with beautiful pose, colors & details. Well done & TFS.

Hope that the weather cools off in your area.



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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-07-19 10:42]

Hello Jane, superb shot of this hummingbird with fine composition and details.
TFS and G's,

hello Jane
very good POV and the pose of subject, with beautiful composition and natural sharp colours,i like it,very fine capture
TFS thanks for sharing

Ciao Jane, great capture of lovely humingbird in wonderful pose, splendid light and colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Jane

an excellent and beautiful photo of this hummingbird,
different from the other hummingbird photos, fine POV
and framing with leaving good space in front of him,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details,
i also love to see details of the blurred background, TFS


Hi BSJ, a superbly composed and focussed shot of a hummingbird while stand on a branch which is unusual event of this beauty. Fine POV/DOF and delight composition.
TFS and cheers,

Lovely shot of this pretty hummingbird Jane. i love this shot.
TFS and regards,

Very beautiful shot of this lovely hummingbird Jane.
TFS and greetings,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-19 12:37]

Hi Jane. Its good to see some greenery left in your garden after the heat you have been having. I have never seen a Hummingbird in the wild so thanks for posting this beauty. You have taken it with fine detail and natural looking colours. With a nice side view. Well done TFS.

Hello Jane,
what a wonderful picture of the Broad-tailed hummingbird taken from an excellent POV to show its great pose, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, very well composed.
Best regards

This is a nice one..for a change you have given more of a natural backdrop which isn't the sky:-) The bird still sticks out well even among natures glorious patterns...

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-20 1:01]

Hello Jane
Nice capture of a cute bird, taken with great details and natural colors

Hi Jane,
A nice capture of this beautiful humming bird. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-20 6:49]

Hi Jane,
you have really give me the strength in showing the power of Sx10is.
Really beautiful capture in details and sharpness.
Well presented point of view. The green background is simply exciting and convincing.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-20 9:26]

Hola Jane,
buenos detalles y foco.
encuadre y atractiva presentación.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-20 10:00]
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Hello Jane,
Excelleent portrait of amale Broad-tailed Hummingbird taken from a classical POV, even though the angle is wrong to see the red iridescence of the throat. This is nice and sharpe and th diffuse natural Bg shows it up well in a fine composition.
Thanks, I 'm not able to write many critiques just now as i am visiting my son and two grand-daughters.
All the best,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-20 12:04]

Hi Jane
Nice capture good POV with excellent pose,sharp image with nice OOF BG color.
TFS Michel

Hi Jane,

We have nothing at all Hummingbirds here.
Good composition so and the bird are sitting nicely.
Fine colours.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-07-21 1:44]

Hi Jane,
Great composition ...
Very good sharpnes and beautiful naturel colors,
And, nice blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-23 10:07]

Hello Jane,
What a beautiful little Hummingbird very nicely in focus here against the green background. Lovely focus on the eye and fine details of the plumage. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Jane...

I must have missed this one. It is a fantastic capture of this hummingbird... clarity of detail is superb of this very busy fast moving little bird. What a dagger it has... :) TFS.


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