Photo of the week winner: Magnificent and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds

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Magnificent and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds ©2013 Alex Vargas

Magnificent and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds ©2013 Alex Vargas

Congratulations to photographer Alex Vargas! His picture of a Magnificent Hummingbird (left) and a Fiery-throated Hummingbird feeding at a flower is the winner of our Photo of the Week Contest for January and February.

Vargas shot the photo in March 2013 at Paraiso del Quetzal, a birding lodge in central Costa Rica, and we featured it the week of February 10, 2014.

We asked photographer Daniel Cadieux, whose photo of a Northern Saw-whet Owl appears on the cover of our April issue, to judge the contest.

“It’s always a bonus to have two subjects in the frame, especially when both have good poses and are well placed,” he says. “The red flower complements the beautiful clean green background, and I really like the alternate wing positions, as well as the hummingbird with its bill open. The techs are solid. There is also another added surprise here: Look closely for the insect perched on one of the flowers!”

We’ll publish the photo in our June 2014 issue.

Learn how to submit your photo.

  • DonGato

    Thank you very much!… a great honor for me as BIRDWATCHING is a wonderful magazine!!!