Ruby-Throated Hummingbird ( Juvenile Male)

Posted by paul fletcher on Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:09 pm

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Canon 70D
Canon 400mm f5.6L
f6.3@ 1/640
ISO 2000

Natural background

Just before southern migration to the tropics,
some juvenile males start to show the new throat
feathers, that will develop and replace the dark
ones completely, by the time they migrate north
in the spring. ( The new red-orange throat feathers,
are a permanent change. The white tips on the
tail, will also be gone ). 

(The darker patches on the left breast, was where
he was preening, just prior to the image being taken.

Taken in late summer ( August 30 ) Province of Ontario. (Canada).

Thanks to everyone for viewing.  

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by peter makuch on Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:33 pm
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nice one with the tail open to show as motion in action and the bg complaints hummingbird, nice one.

by ADKShooter on Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:59 am
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Great looking stretch. For some reason I am really attracted to the small splash of red. It really makes it stand out from the mostly green background.

by Ron Day on Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:31 pm
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The pose with the fanned tail is excellent, Paul. Also, great information about the development of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

by Carol Clarke on Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:04 pm
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Love the preening pose with fanned tail and you captured it beautifully, Paul!

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by Ed Cordes on Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:07 am
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Love the tail feather spread. As you point out, the small ruby feathers on the throat show the early maturation process. Great shot!
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by Mary Brun on Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:29 pm
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Really a great sight. I really appreciated the explanation, thank you very much:).
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