Broad-Tailed Hummingbirds

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Hummingbirds have their preferred habitats and they can be quite picky.  A species that shows up in a particular location may be absent just yards away.

One such specialist species is the Broad-tailed Hummingbird.  These birds prefer coniferous forests in mountainous areas.  One would never see them in the desert around Tucson.  Drive a few thousand feet uphill, however, and they are quite common this time of year.  I photographed this male a couple of weekends ago near the summit of Mt. Lemmon.

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A few days later I photographed a female of the same species in the Huachuca Mountains, about 30 miles to the southeast of Mt. Lemmon, near the community of Sierra Vista.

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These beautiful little hummers are seasonal residents in our area.  They will soon migrate south.

Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400 f4-5.6 ISII zoom lens at 400 mm, aperture priority setting, ISO 2500.  The first image shot at f5.6 @ 1/500.  The second image shot at f6.3 @ 1/400.

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