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Sunday, July 15, 2007

A Young Male

This highly cropped image reveals something I hadn't expected. On initial examination I thought this was a female Broad-Tailed, but notice the two or three red throat feathers or "gorget". This is a young male that is just hitting "puberty".

This image and the other three below were taken at the feeders on the observatory grounds at the top of Mt. Lemmon. These feeders support the hummers there and are in place to attract the birds and to aid the banding activities of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network.

Canon 20D - 1/500th second, 500mm @ f/ 8, ISO 800


Blogger Jim said...

Excellent photo - I love all the detail and great discovery after the fact! I gotta get me one of those Bigma lenses.....

9:33 PM  

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