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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: 2009-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-12 7:40
Viewed: 2915
Points: 56
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Thank you so much for the warm welcome back messages I have received. I can't tell you how much they meant to me.

Although the Costa's and the Black-chinned hummingbirds look pretty much the same, I think this is a Costa's. The main difference is the call - but this little bird was silent.

Costa's Hummingbirds

Costa's Hummingbirds are small hummingbirds that measure up to 9 cms (3.5 inches) in length, they have a wingspan of approximately 11 cm (4.3 inches) and they weigh between 2 and 3 g (0.07 - 0.11 oz).

Males have green upperparts and flanks with a pale coloured patch below their throat. Their face is black and they have a violet crown and throat patch. Females have greenish/grey upperparts, a white throat and underside, and a green crown. Juveniles are similar in colour to adult females.

When night time temperatures are low Costa's Hummingbirds can enter a torpid state where their body temperature reduces and their heart rate slows down to 50 beats per minute. The normal heart rate of a resting Costa's Hummingbird is 500 - 900 beats per minute.

They have distinctive, high-pitched calls and females vocalize frequently whereas males are usually quiet except when they are alarmed or during the breeding season.

Costa's Hummingbirds are found in the deserts, semi-deserts, open meadows and gardens of south western USA and Mexico.

They are mainly solitary and will migrate if resources are scarce or the temperatures become intolerable.

Costa's Hummingbirds feed on nectar from flowers such as desert honeysuckle, barestem larkspur, desert lavender flowers and saguaro flowers. They also feed on tiny insects that they catch while in the air or glean from plants.

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What a beautiful little bird!
Very sharp details, lovely colors and light!

Hello Jane,
welcome back, nice to see a new picture from you; a beautiful picture of this cute bird, excellent POV and composition well balanced, splendid light and bright colours.
Best regards

ahhhhh... at last! you could not imagine now how i feel happy that i saw you amongst us! A great pleasure to see a shot from you sister. You captured this l'il beauty in a lovely pose as usual. Perfectly composed and focussed one sister..
TFS and have a great day! Take care!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-12 7:57]

Hi Jane. Its good to see you back I hope all is ok with you. And what a little beauty to came back with. I like the pose you have captured with the Hummingbird looking up .Taken with fine detail and colours. TFs.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-12 8:03]

Hi Jane,
Welcome back on TN again.This post is wonderful,well caught and composed against the blue sky.Colors,pose of bird catchlight in eyes are excellent.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-12 8:06]

Hello and welcome back Jane!
Nice capture of a Costa's Hummingbird- I like the composition with the oak branch and the bare branch that it is perched on, all against a fine blue sky.
Couldn't be anyone else's photo but yours!
Nice to see you back: have you been on a tour abroad?
All the best,

Hello Jane, welcome back! we missed you and your shots.
This one is also very beutiful shot of this ptetty humming bird in lovely pose.
TFS and regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-12 8:19]

Hola Jane,
bonita captura y original pov,
atractivo pose y detalles.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-12 8:26]

Hi Jane,
Welcome back to TN! Again a very nice catch. Excellent composition, my warm congratulations.
Have a beautiful day,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-12 8:28]

Hello Jane,
I was wondering where you was staying. Welcome back.
A great photo you are presenting here. Beautiful frontal POV and splendid natural colours. The sharpness is very good. Evenso the composition with the tree. Very nice DOF.

Hello Jane,

Its really great to see you back on TN & I hope that all is well with you & family.

This is an excellent shot of this Hummingbird with sparkling colors, sharpness & details. Great POV, pose & BG. Very nicely taken & presented. TFS & best wishes.



hello Jane WELKOM BACK!!
i have missing you ,nice to see again a picture of you
this is a nice picture of this little one
great compo with nice details and very good colours
thanks greeting lou

hello Jane and welcome back!
fine capture from your acquaintance fine POV, with very good use of light, a beautiful composition with nice bright colors!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-12 10:42]

Hello Jane,
An very nice shot on this Hummingbird. Beautiful colors and sharp detail in that wonderful plumage.
Best regards Siggi

hello Jane

you are welcome back, i am very happy to see photos from you again,
an excellent photo of this Hummingbird with a fine POV
that you only have the trademark (lo), also fine framing
with leaving a good space, and here is again
the lovely blue sky of Arizona, TFS


Hi Jane,
this bird is so wonderful and I wish we would also have these guys here in Germany - but it's too cold for them here.
I love the glittering feathers, it's beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-12 14:05]

Hello Jane,
Nice to see you back after a long break. You post a cute little Hummer who seems to be soaking up some of those warm Arizona rays. She looks nice and cozy high up on her pedestal with her tiny feathers all fluffed up. Composed nicely with good detail and natural colors. TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-12 16:46]

Hi Jane,finally your particular POV to capture the birds is back...whit you! And the style is the same,the pic is wonderful as usual,whit the blue sky in background that is always a nice choice.Welcome back and stay whit us!! Luciano

Hello Jane
nice to see your posts again. I am very pleasure. welcome again.
this is nice shot of beautiful Hummingbird. focus, composition and colors very nice. green leaves great to composition, they supply richness to BG of plain blue sky. thanks for sharing.
best wishes

Hi Jane,
Lovely capture of this pretty litle hummingbird on a branch.
Details, composition and POV are wonderful.
Kind regards,

Hello Jane,
Welcome back with tis beautiful Costa's hummingbird. Excellent point of view with nice colors, wonderful sky and details. perfect exposure too.
TFS and kind rigards

Hi Jane,

a lovely bird have you photographed here with good pov and dof.

Fine colours, glad you're back.


Ciao Jane, beautiful little hummingbird in nice pose against blue sky, details and splendid sharpness, lovely composition, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-13 3:50]

Hello Jane, welcome back! we missed you and your lovely shots. This one is another wonderful shot of a beautiful bird with lovely pose.
TFS and G's,

Hi Sister,
Very pretty bird and cute, nice pose....Details and color very clear...Little green colors on the feather well seen nice...Great notes and excellent picture....Well come back and nice to see your pictures here again...
Best wishes and regards

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2009-12-13 12:08]

Hello Jane.

Excellent composition, very nice colors and contrast. Beautiful little bird.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-13 12:29]

Hi jane,
Very cute ...
Excellent sharp details, colors are very nice.
Best wishes,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-24 17:39]

Hi Jane,
This fine composition shows this cute hummer in good light and lovely setting. Great piece of work Jane, thank you for sharing.

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