Sword-billed Hummingbird

A difficult bird to compose well

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This is among the most unique hummingbirds in the world. It has evolved with one of the most specific adaptations of any bird, a bill that is longer than its body. The bill allows it to feed in deep flowers that other hummingbirds cannot reach. That is the good news for the hummer; the bad news is that it also had to develop an entirely new system of grooming itself. This is the Sword-billed Hummingbird, a high altitude bird. It lives in the high Andes from Colombia to Peru and Bolivia, usually between 7500 and 10,000 feet. .
This image was taken with ambient light, with the sun rising from behind my left shoulder. It was shot with a Canon R5, a 600 mm f/4.0 lens. SS of 1/4000, EC of -1.0, ISO of 1250, f/5.6. Small crop from left and top.

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Burningnaturephotography JB

Stunning photo,, This hummingbird is high on my wish list..

Emil Baumbach
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Nice shot Bajadreamer.


Incredible shot, you nailed it