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Adios Mi Amiga

Adios Mi Amiga
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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-06 1:21
Viewed: 3445
Points: 36
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Black-chinned Hummingbird-female
Archilochus alexandri

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Trochiliformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Archilochus
Species: A. alexandri

* Colibrí barba negra (Spanish)
* Colibri à gorge noire (French)

Click Here For More Info On The Black-chinned Hummingbird

The Black-chinned Hummingbird is found from southern British Columbia throughout most of the western United States and much of central and northern Mexico. Occurring from below sea level to elevations above 2,500 m, the species inhabits a variety of habitats ranging from lush urban settings to xeric desert washes, the latter being more typical of the habitat occupied by Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae). As a breeding species, it is most abundant in southern segments of its range, particularly in riparian habitats of southern Arizona and southern New Mexico, where linear stretches often support nests spaced approximately every 100 m.

There are few superlatives to describe the Black-chinned Hummingbird, as it is not the smallest or largest of North American hummingbirds, not the most colorful, nor is it the only species to occur within a region. The species is not special in the sense of having a limited and narrow distribution and there is little if anything unusual about its habitat requirements. The Black-chinned Hummingbird is most noteworthy for being rather generalized, occurring in a variety of settings, and for its abundance; these characters result in the species being of particular interest to research and conservation efforts.

Virtually everything that is known about the Black-chinned Hummingbird has come from studies of the species in the United States. Information on a population of smaller individuals confined primarily to Mexico is practically nonexistent. Separation of female-plumaged Black-chinned from Ruby-throated (Archilochus colubris) hummingbirds has traditionally been upon the basis of measurements, but measurements of the southern population of the Black-chinned Hummingbird overlap entirely with those of the Ruby-throated.

Banding studies in southern Arizona have shown that thousands of Black-chinned Hummingbirds migrate through this area annually, many individuals following the same migration path as in previous years, and that many survive for longer periods than once thought. The species is highly adaptable, occupying urban residential areas and new habitats created after extensive alterations, and is readily attracted to feeders.

The Birds of North America Online

This was the last of the Hummingbirds to leave for destinations South of the border. She will winter in Central America and return next Spring. She stopped by for one last drink and to say goodbye. The last I saw of her she was speeding South.

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Hi Jim

Good shot of this hummingbird, with good color and detail. I like the blurred wings giving the effect of movement. TFS


hello Jim
beautiful freeze of this scene in flight, the effect of movement of feathers very fine, i wonder which speed needs a Hummingbird in order to you freeze his feathers? great moment great photo!
keep on photographing! TFS

Hello Jim,
what a fantastic capture of a female Black-chinned Hummingbird, very good sharpness and splendid colours, you have managed perfectly the exposure with 1/200 f/10 obtaining a good DOF and the movements of wings, a very pleasing visual impression
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-06 2:46]

Hello Jim,
A great shot of this little Hummer. I know it's not easy to get a shot of one in mid flight and have it as detailed as this image is, so I commend you for that feat. They seem to never give you much time to focus and frame, you normally have only a split second and there off.
Super shot with natural colors and just the right amount of exposure. I also like the little twinkle in her eye as well as the blurred wings which show movement. Very informative notes! TFS.
I saw my first Black-chinned Hummingbird while visiting my daughter out in Phoenix, we only have Ruby-throated ones here in Ohio.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-06 3:29]

Hello Jim,
A lovely capture of this little Hummingbird very nicely in focus. WOnderful light and colours and great details too. It's always sad to see the birds migrating!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-06 4:02]

Hello Jim
Excellent work!...

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-06 4:32]

Hello Jim.

Very difficult to make a sharp picture of a hummingbird in flight. You did a great job with this one, i like it very much.

Gr. Hans

Hi Jim,

A great capture of this beautiful Hummingbird with lovely colors & details. Very nice POV, pose & timing. Well taken & TFS.

Best regards


hello Jim

excellent photo of the Black-chinned Hummingbird in-action in-flight,
fine POV, superb focus on it with great sharpness and details,
and the blur of the wings gives us the feeling of his wings motion,



Hi Jim,

Excellent approach, very good handling of the photo, evenmore if taking in account that took 1/200s. It is a very good result under difficult conditions. Excellent exposure to maintain adequate brightness of the bird and the sky. Thank you very much for the interesting note, I did not know that these birds migrate in winter.




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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-11-06 9:04]

Great camera work to catch this little on Jim, can't have been easy! Good details and i like the sheen on her green feathers too, well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-06 11:37]

Hello Jim,
Very nice photo of this hummingbird in flight. We don't have hummingbirds here. I wish we had!
Excellent clear light and colours. Good sharpness and a pleasing catchlight in the eye, OOF BG and composition.
Have a good weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-06 12:03]

Hi Jim,this is truely a most most difficult pic and i like a lot that! What a impressive sharpness and colors,a very professional work,my best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Estos no los tenemos aquí Jim: qué envidia me das ! Buen enfoque y fiel captura de los colores. Toma de mucha dificultad pero muy bien resuelta.
Buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-11-07 10:07]

Hola Jim.
I know it is not easy to take a photo like this one, but You did an excellent work here. Very sharp and a lovely blue sky. great moment.
I hope to see her passing by on her way to south America
Ps I also like the Name of this photo.
Luis Leal.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-08 22:59]

Hi Jim,
an excellent frozen moment. The bird is so beautiful and the motion blur is very depictive in showing the movement.
Nice blue sky as the background.
Well presented in good sharpness.


Hi jim,

A good capture of the bird in flight, the point of view is showing the details and colors of the Black-chinned Hummingbird in flight. The movement of the wings is an asset to the composition. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. have a nice day.


Hello Jim,

Those guys are funny, with a wing frequency hardly possible to freeze at all!
The hovering is well captured, good details in the plumage while the wings tell about action...

Pablo -

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