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Scaly-breasted Hummingbird

Posted by geraldfriesen on March 18, 2015 at 4:28 pm
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Most bird guides describe the Scaly-breasted hummingbird as rather dull & plain. I took this image around noon in the Darien Region of Panama. Here was this dull bird, sitting on a wind chime, who simply jumped out at me. All the beautiful features were suddenly highlighted. The “scales” pop out. The base of the lower mandible shows a distinctive pink. A touch of aqua on the fore crown.

(Scaly-breasted hummingbird, Phaeochroa cuvierii cuvierii, 1 of 5 subspecies, Darien, Panama, 02/28/15, Nikon D4, 600mm, 1.4tc, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 1000, 850mm)