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Rufous Hummingbird #9846
26-JUL-2010 2010 Bob Walker

Rufous Hummingbird #9846

White Rock, NM

Selasphorus rufus

There's not been many interesting photo opps in the last few days. I have lots of pictures of hummingbirds sitting on a feeder, but nothing I thought was particularly exciting.

So today I found this Rufous sitting in the ash tree in our back yard. I am not sure if I know whether this bird is a female or an immature male, apparently they look pretty similar. Whichever it is, the females/juveniles have every bit as much attitude as the males, aggressively chasing away any other hummingbirds that try to drink from the feeder. This one is perched on his lookout point, and its only mission is to watch the feeder and chase away any other bird that dares to come too close.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III ,Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/200s f/6.3 at 600.0mm iso1600 (with 2x TC) full exif

other sizes: small medium original
soulis30-Jul-2010 05:34
Precious! Voted.