Your Dad is right, of course. You can eliminate Black-chinned because their color is only on their chin - this male's head is also crowned. Also, their feathers shine purple from black.
The most similar hummingbird is the Costa's, which we do have in So Cal. The most obvious difference in those is that their colorful feathers are purple rather than red. Plus, they live either near the coast or in the desert (depending on the time of year) so Julian is pretty much out of their range (except perhaps during their migration from Anza Borrego to the coast).
Interesting fact: Anna's and Costa's are the only hummingbirds in the U.S. that sing.
That's a really beautiful photo. Hummingbirds are notoroiusly difficult to photograph. I love the detail, I feel like I'm gazing into his challening eyes.
Thanks for posting it!
Jon @ Nov 17, 2006 6:53 pm
This is my favorite of your photos so far, Daniel. Awesome!
Mom Takahashi @ Aug 02, 2007 5:08 am
Dave @ Oct 05, 2010 3:40 am