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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)
Photo Information
Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-29 3:31
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Ruby-throated hummingbird (female)
Archilochus colubris

Identification Tips:
Length: 3 inches
Long, straight, thin bill
Small hummingbird:
Bright green back and crown
White underparts with greenish flanks
Adult male:
Iridescent scarlet gorget
Black face and chin
Entirely dark forked tail
White chin and throat with variable amounts of thin dark streaking
Dark, shallowly-forked tail with white tips on outer tail feathers

Similar species:
No other hummingbirds occur regularly over much of its range, but there is some overlap in the southeast and Texas. The Broad-tailed Hummingbird is similar to the male Ruby-throated, but has a rosy-red throat rather than a scarlet or ruby throat patch. Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds can also be identified by their black face and chin, and their distinctive call notes, and the lack of a wing whistle produced by their wings in flight. Females are similar to a number of other female hummingbirds, and are best told from the Calliope Hummingbird and species in the genus Selasphorus by their lack of rufous on the flanks and in the tail. Anna's Hummingbirds are larger and have grayer chests, while Costa's Hummingbirds differ only in subtleties of facial pattern and tail pattern. Black-chinned Hummingbird females are essentially identical, and are not safely separable from female Ruby-throateds except in the hand. Best told from all species except Black-chinned Hummingbird by call.

I took informations here.

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Beautiful shot Luc.You can give some of these guys directions to New Zealand...I'm sure they'd like it here.We'd love to have them too.Good notes.Thank you. Steve

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-10-29 5:48]

Simply beautifull.

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  • apache (9)
  • [2004-10-29 6:53]

Wow...beautiful shot Arjuna. I know how difficult this would have been because I have tried to get a shot of these cuties but failed miserably. The best shots I have is no way near this.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-29 9:56]

Great shot Luc, excellent capture. I like the POV. His little legs make me laugh, they look redundant. Excellent work and a very good note. Thanks.

Very nice capture...I can never get or see enough Hummer images! Oddly enough this is the *only* Hummingbird species ( Ruby-throated) we see east of the Mississippi River. Love the POV of this image!

Luc, Great in-flight! I've tried a few of these myself without telephoto with limted success. This has great POV with good detail. Informative notes & well done!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-29 17:25]

Well captured!! The detail on the bird is sharp, and I like the eye.

Well done and thanks for posting

Hi Luc
These little flying wonders are always a treat to behold. Love the pose you captured here, a stunning shot. I still have to see a shot of a hummer with frozen wings!

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2004-10-29 21:33]

Il est difficile de réussir une photo parfaite du colibri. Il a beau faire du sur place, son battement d'aile est tellement rapide. J'ai réussi à arrêter le mouvement de ses ailes...mais en argentique. Les petits appareils numériques sont fabuleux mais pas tous complètment débrayable.
Cette photo est tout de même pas mal bonne.
Ce n'est pas si souvent qu'on peut admirer des pattes de colibri. *

Beautiful shot of this lovely bird hovering,exceptional detail to the body.Excellent work.

Great capture of this swift little chapper, it must have been almost like catching a hawker on the wing ;-) Blurred wings at 1/1000 just go to show *how* swift they are. One small nit would be the overexposed bit on the throat, I tried a WS. Hope you like it ;-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-31 3:58]

A fabulous capture.
Nice and sharp,excellent motion blur of the wings.
Nicely placed within the frame.
A great shot,well done.

I turn my head and you post this masterpiece. Very well done, Luc. I think you did an excellent job with this one.

Very nice photo I like the movement of the wing. Nice capture

superbe colibri, on voit vraiment que les ailes battent vites car meme a 1/1000 elles sont floues ;)
merci pour la note.
tres beau shoot.

This is a fantastic capture Luc - perfect freezing of movement. Great colours too. Try to copy some of the sky in front of the bird making a little more space in front - about twice the space behind making the bird fly into the frame instead of out of it. Otherwise it is a perfect capture.

Great shot, The detail are sharp Excellent work.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-11-27 7:53]

Très belle prise de vue du colibri, jolie couleur et temps de pose précis, j'aime particulièrement la note descriptive de cet oiseau.
Félicitations Luc et merci pour les conseils..

Great hummingbird shot. I know how difficult these are to phorograph, you did great.

Merci pour tout l'information aussi, vraiment interessant!

Magnifique prise!

hmm Luc, this to me says male Ruby throat. not female.. even tho some females have a slightly darker throat than the normal beige, its the green on the sides of the belly that says male . Also a female has white tips on the underside of the tail also rounded tail feathers male has pointed this dose not..
Tho an excellent capture by anymeans.. one I'm yet to capture in flight.. well done :)Thanks for sharing :)

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