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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.


birds, rufous hummingbirds, nature, wildlife, hummers, hummingbirds, color, flying


  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture Sandy, what a beautiful bird

  • Awe,…..thank you so much for your kind words Peter! Once I finish up with the last of the spring yard work, I look forward to spending some time taking more pics of these busy little birds! lol : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    An absolutely wonderful capture, stunning work.

  • Thank you for such kind words Gary! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 3 years ago

    Outstanding work Sandy

  • Thank you heaps for such kind words Collin! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Spectacular capture Sandy, outstanding work.

  • Thank you soooo,… much Mark! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123over 3 years ago


    – Sandy Stewart

  • Robert Miesner
    Robert Miesnerover 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful capture of this hummer! Excellent clarity and very sharp detail. We have the Ruby-throated variety here out east. They have the scarlet red but to tell you the truth I’m kind of partial to the reddish bronze color of the Rufous Hummingbird. I guess you always want what you can’t have (LOL). :)

  • Thank you so much Robert! I feel that is one of the benefits to viewing others photos, because we get to see subject’s that we wouldn’t otherwise see in our own area. I have seen photos of birds and other critters that I never knew even existed before, so it can even be a cool learning experience too! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Robert Miesner
    Robert Miesnerover 3 years ago

    Oh and Congrats on Your Feature!

  • Awe,…..thank you Robert! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 3 years ago

    Fantastic image, my friend!

  • Awe,….thank you so much Bela! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • marens
    marensover 3 years ago

    brilliant capture Sandy!!

  • Thank you so kindly Marens! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    sensational capture

  • Thank you so much Kathy! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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