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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: 2009-10-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR, 67mm UV filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-24 2:16
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Points: 26
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Black-chinned Hummingbird-Male and Females
Archilochus alexandri

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

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.

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Hello Jim! Amazing small birds, amazing scene, good capture. Very good sharpness. Well done!

Hello Jim,

Very good picture, I like the wide range of photographic plane. The timing is excellent and appropriate for these beautiful birds. Impossible to leave without commenting on the exceptional light that grips the entire forum, it naturally provides a very impressive effect. I disagree a bit of color of the frame, does not seem entirely appropriate for the photo. But this is a matter of personal preference, the picture is quite good and represents a scene well captured. Congratulations MF.


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  • gostol (83)
  • [2009-11-24 4:49]

Helo Jim.
Beautiful theatre of a few birds reaching the artificial flower.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-24 12:25]

Hi Jim. I have never seen so many at any one time . Its good to get one in flight but you have capture four. They like what ever is in the drinker. Well taken TFs.

hello Jim

an excellent photo of the Hummingbirds around their feeder,
fine POV, fine focus to all of them, excellent sharpness and details,



hello Jim
very beautiful scene and lucky moment, so much many in the frame, marvellous colours!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Jim,

Wow! That is an advanced feeder!
No wonder it is so popular among the birds, and I guess it is something delicious inside too...
The funny situation is well captured, the image tells the story well!

Pablo -

Hola Jim,
siempre que veo estas aves me entra sana envidia y desearía viajar a laguna zona tropical por ejemplo para fotografiarlos jeje. En la Rep. Dominicana pude disfrutar de ellos, pero no pude fotografiarlos.
Interesante escena con cuatro indivíduos captados a la vez !
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-11-26 10:56]

Howzit Jim,
The thumbnail i had no clue what this was all about, but what an amaziing image. To have captured 4 in detail like you have, quite amazing.Brilliant.

WOW! You really got in on the action with this fine, fine photo! Four at once, and a fine shot of the feeder too! Excellent writeup. This just made my day! Well done. TFS! Linda

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-11 9:36]

Hi Jim,
Little fast birds, and unusual composition ...
Vivid colors and movements of birds, very nice.
Best wishes,

Hello Jim
I have been away for three weeks and hoped to find an addition to your portfolio.

I hope it does not mean you are unwell having not posted anything since November!?!

This is REALLY an unusual capture showing so many humming birds at once! They obviously like this pub.(I remember an American movie many years ago, where some dog food company put something in the tins to make the animals addicted :-)))

It truly is a perfect photo in every sense, and I know nothing to add, what other members before me have not yet said - except that I add it to my favorites!

Enjoy the rest of your week-end
greetings from South Africa with 41 C at lunch

Hi Jim,

A good capture of the hummingbirds near the feeder. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the hummingbirds. The branches are framing well the picture. The quality of the light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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