Some Museum Hummers

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I’m a bit late posting tonight.  I spent the day with a friend, Sam Angevine, photographing raptors.  I’ll be posting some of the results of that expedition over the next few days.

I took tonight’s photos a couple of weeks ago at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  The museum has a wonderful hummingbird enclosure.  There, the birds live essentially as they would in the wild, except that there are walls surrounding the place and they cannot escape.

This is a male Costa’s Hummingbird.

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Here’s what’s incredible about this bird: the fantastic colors on his head and neck are an illusion.  The feathers that cover his head and neck are, in fact, colorless!  However, in certain light, they appear to be black, or they iridesce as this fantastic purplish-red.  It all depends on the angle from which you view this bird.

Here’s the female, same species.

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Obviously, she’s far less showy than the male, but incredibly cute in her own right.

Photos taken with a Canon 5Diii, 70-200 f4 L IS zoom lens, ISO 800, “M” setting. The first photo was taken at f5 @ 1/320, the second at f5 @ 1/400.

One response to “Some Museum Hummers”

  1. Liesl Kii says :

    You’re right about the fantastic colors. How surprising that the neck feathers are really colorless!

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