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Rufous Hummingbird – Male (Selasphorous rufus); Santa Fe National Forest, NM, Thompson Ridge [Lou Feltz] by Lou Feltz
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Even in less than direct sunlight you can still capture sufficient iridescence if you keep the sun at your back This one has settled on a thin twig that I have pre-positioned slightly above the feeders… he often assumes guard duty at this station. (I’m sitting on an 8-foot step ladder at about the minimum distance permitted by this lens.) IMG_3922; Rufous Hummingbird

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Broad-tailed Hummingbird – Male (Selasphorous platycercus); Santa Fe National Forest, NM, Thompson Ridge [Lou Feltz] by Lou Feltz
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This guy has cooperated by landing on one of the natural props I have placed above the nectar feeders. I prefer perching locations with sufficient distance from the feeders to minimize their reflected red glow on the birds. If I can also position myself relative to the sun, I can capture the gorgeous color of his red gorget if he turns his head towards me. You get only a hint of the red color in this shot. Males know how to position themselves relative to the females to maximize their gorget color splendor. IMG_2097; Broad-tailed Hummingbird