A young male Rufous Hummingbird fans his tail in flight and the sunlight casts glitter to his colorful throat patch!
Rufous Hummingbirds are incredible fliers. Like all hummingbirds, Rufous Hummingbirds can hover or fly in any direction swiftly and with ease, but the Rufous Hummer excels in its flying abilities even above other hummingbirds. They are feisty birds, constantly battling each other for possession of a feeder or flower patch. Their flying skills allow them to easily drive off Anna’s Hummingbirds more than twice their size.
The shiny feathers on a male hummingbird’s throat is called their gorget. The gorget on a Rufous hummingbird is a beautiful reddish bronze color. If jewels this beautiful existed, they would probably be worth more than diamonds and rubies. These feathers are iridescent and the birds are able to aim a beam of light from them. That’s why the gorget looks black until they notice you and then you see the color.
Taken on May 23/10 at 4:13 pm on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon 100-400 IS USM L lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead.
Taken at, 1/400’s at f/5.6, 400 mm, man wht bal, iso 800.
Subject distance, 2.9 meters (9.5 ft).
Added a slight dark edge vignette.