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Broad-Billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)Stunning Sunning AnhingaPet Black Capped LorikeetGreen-Winged TealDecorated NestOlive-Backed SunbirdPelican from BelowFormation FeedingMighty HawkHummingbird RestingPeaceful Glide
Broad-Billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)
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Broad-Billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)

The lighting was perfect, and this Broad-Billed Hummingbird sat still for an unusually long time (at least a minute). Fortunately, I had my 300mm f/4 lens with 1.4x extender attached to my camera and ready to go. I took this photo at the Fanciful Flyers walk-in exhibit at The Living Desert wildlife & botanical park near Palm Springs, CA.

You may be interested in past bird photos: Anna's Hummingbird, Olive-Backed Sunbird, Black Capped Lorikeet, Green-Winged Teal, Decorated Nest, Formation Feeding, and Peaceful Glide.

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January 27, 2011 11:52 am      Permalink

Stunning Sunning Anhinga
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Stunning Sunning Anhinga

One of the many anhinga birds we saw in Everglades National Park. This anhinga was drying its plumage while preening. They are sometimes called snake birds since when they're swimming only their neck appears above water, looking like a snake.

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May 3, 2010 10:13 am      Permalink

Pet Black Capped Lorikeet
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Pet Black Capped Lorikeet

This pet black capped lorikeet was quite good at mimicking laughs, common village sounds, and even talking (though no English of course :) ). I had a pet black capped lorikeet just like this as a kid growing up in Papua.

May 19, 2009 8:04 am      Permalink

Green-Winged Teal
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Green-Winged Teal

I believe this is a green-winged teal. The birders out there can correct me if I'm wrong. I took this photo a while back at the Newport Backbay, not too far off from the paved bike trail.

December 15, 2008 4:12 am      Permalink

Decorated Nest
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Decorated Nest

I don't know what these birds are called, but there were lots of them at the Santika resort that Katie and I stayed in for one night in Manado, Indonesia. They build their nests in these small palm trees, and I love how the nuts look like strings of Christmas lights adorning the entrance to their nest.

June 29, 2008 9:00 pm      Permalink

Olive-Backed Sunbird
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Olive-Backed Sunbird

The olive-backed sunbird is the closest thing to a hummingbird that you will find in SE Asia. This particular one kept coming back to these flowers next to the swimming pool complex near where my parents live. I didn't do much swimming that day as I chased him to various flowers to capture a good shot.

May 6, 2008 8:40 pm      Permalink

Pelican from Below
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Pelican from Below

I don't usually think much of pelicans, but when this one flew right over me, I noticed how big and majestic they can be. I especially like this shot because you can see his eye, and the orderly feathers under the wing.

June 27, 2007 5:00 am      Permalink

Formation Feeding
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Formation Feeding

Three terns showing three positions in the sequence of dive-bombing for food. It's almost as if I captured multiple exposures of one tern, but these are three separate birds fighting for the same school of fish. I took this last night at Bolsa Chica while hanging out with Dan Issler.

June 25, 2007 8:26 am      Permalink

Mighty Hawk
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Mighty Hawk

Katie and I spotted this hawk along Highway 156 near Hollister, CA as we were heading east to the 5 Freeway. The first time we stopped, he flew away too quickly for me to get a photo. But fortunately, he landed again farther down the road, and I captured this shot right as he was taking off again. Anyone know what kind of hawk it is?

February 11, 2007 9:16 pm      Permalink

Hummingbird Resting
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Hummingbird Resting

It's not too often that you see these guys resting. This one was perched on a dead tree left by the 2004 fire that hit the area around the town of Julian, CA. The surrounding branches were already mostly black and white in the original photo, so I decided to take it one step further and make the background completely black and white.

Dad says it's probably Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna). There are times the Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) looks similar, though. Maybe Jon or Libby Rowley have some thoughts.

November 1, 2006 9:42 pm      Permalink

Peaceful Glide
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Peaceful Glide

Taken at the Bolsa Chica wetlands. What kind of bird? I don't really know. Maybe someone can tell me. I just like how it comes out in B&W.

June 17, 2006 12:33 pm      Permalink