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A Male Rubythroat Hummingbird
1st PlaceA Male Rubythroat Hummingbird

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Extended Free Study 2023-08 (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS R5
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Location: Home
Date: Aug 30, 2023
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 2000
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Sep 8, 2023

The adult male’s are stunning! The color in the neck changes with how the light is absorbed and transmitted. Sometimes it appears almost black and other times it can look deep orange to red. The color is caused by melanin granules flattened and hollow within the feathers. The color depends on how the light strikes the layers of gorget(neck) feathers.
Some other interesting facts:
Hummingbird heart rates can be as high as 1200 beats per minute.
Wings beat from 70 to 200 times per Second.
They breath about 150 times per minute.
Rubythroats weigh about as much as a penny.
They can migrate as much as 4,000 miles to get to their destination.
Their average lifespan is about 5 years in the wild but 10 years has been
They eat about twice their bodyweight a day in nectar and insects.

Place: 1 out of 36
Avg (all users): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.7619
Avg (non-participants): 7.2778
Views since voting: 170
Views during voting: 64
Votes: 39
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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09/24/2023 03:18:05 PM
Wow, Larry!

This is spot on!

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09/24/2023 11:18:39 AM
Amazing image!
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09/22/2023 11:09:08 PM
Congrats on the blue, Larry. Fabulous shot! I wish we had these gorgeous birds here (Aus.)
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09/22/2023 07:09:17 AM
I love this picture and was my top choice. How is this only a 7???
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09/22/2023 02:02:48 AM
STUNNING! Larry this image is over the top… completely over the top!
I am also in awe of these beautiful little creatures. I know how hard an image like this is to get.
Many congratulations on this image and getting the blue ribbon.
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09/22/2023 12:22:59 AM
many many congrats Larry ..
this is pure magic . <3
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/19/2023 10:29:03 PM
Impressive capture! Will be interested to see what lens you were using and your settings :)
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09/19/2023 11:00:56 AM
I must be getting old - this is my top pick in a extended edit challenge =)
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09/15/2023 12:25:22 AM
you are probably looking at the blue ..
It’s a magic capture .. :)
not voting yet .. :)
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