Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Birds Category) - Order - Apodiformes - Swifts & Hummingbirds

This challenge closed over 4 years ago.

The Challenge

The 14th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of SWIFTS & HUMMINGBIRDS.

NO KEPT OR DOMESTIC BIRDS SORRY GUYS/GALS REMEMBER THE NO HUMANS/HUMAN MADE OBJECTS ALLOWED

Interesting Facts

> As their name (“footless” in Latin) suggests, their legs are small and have limited function aside from perching. The feet are covered with bare skin rather than the scales (scutes) that other birds have. Another shared characteristic is long wings with short, stout humerus bones. The evolution of these wing characteristics has provided the hummingbird with ideal wings for hovering.

> Hummingbirds are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–90 times per second (depending on the species). They are also the only group of birds able to fly backwards. Their English name derives from the characteristic hum made by their rapid wing beats. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h, 34 mp/h).

> Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside certain flowers. Like bees, they are able to assess the amount of sugar in the nectar they eat; they reject flower types that produce nectar that is less than 10% sugar and prefer those whose sugar content is stronger. Nectar is a poor source of nutrients, so hummingbirds meet their needs for protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. by preying on insects and spiders.

> The swifts are a family, Apodidae, of highly aerial birds. They are superficially similar to swallows, but are actually not closely related to passerine species at all; swifts are in the separate order Apodiformes, which they share with hummingbirds. The treeswifts are closely related to the true swifts, but form a separate family, the Hemiprocnidae.

> Swifts have a characteristic shape, with a short forked tail and very long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang. The flight of some species is characterised by a distinctive “flicking” action quite different from swallows. Swifts range in size from the Pygmy Swiftlet (Collocalia troglodytes), which weighs 5.4 g and measures 9 cm (3.7 inches) long, to the Purple Needletail (Hirundapus celebensis), which weighs 184 g (6.5 oz) and measures 25 cm (10 inches) long.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite!

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information

PLEASE ADD YOUR IMAGE TO THE GROUP, IMAGES THAT ARE NOT ADDED TO THE GROUP WILL RISK NOT BEING FEATURED IF YOU WIN

Cover Image: Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Female) by Ted Busby

Completed

The Top Ten

Little Gem by Carl Olsen

Little Gem by Carl Olsen was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 8 votes.

  • A Call of Nature! by Martin Smart
  • Enigma by Arla M. Ruggles
  • Hummingbird 4 in B&W by KatsEyePhoto
  • Sticking Tongue Out by Doty
  • A Flying Jewel by William Brennan
  • Humming Bird Humming  by Janette  Kimbrough
  • Hummingbird on a branch  by LjMaxx
  • Hovering by Ginny York

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