Photo of the week: Magnificent and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds

2/10/2014 | 0

Magnificent and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds ©2013 Alex Vargas

Magnificent and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds ©2013 Alex Vargas

This spectacular shot of a Magnificent Hummingbird (left) and a Fiery-throated Hummingbird feeding at a flower is our new photo of the week. Alex Vargas took the photo in March 2013 at Paraiso del Quetzal, a birding lodge in central Costa Rica.

“Both species are common at the incredible feeders at Paraiso del Quetzal,” Vargas says. “About 12 hummingbird species will come comfortably as close as a few meters from you. I like images as natural as possible, so I waited for the period of the morning when they remove the feeders and ‘force’ the birds to find flowers, which also was the best time for lighting.

“I noticed how these two species liked that particular flower bunch,” he adds. “I fired about 700 shots with one or the other species and just a few with more than one bird at a time.”

Vargas used a Nikon D5000 and a Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 lens without a flash.


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