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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1600 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Colourful Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-16 19:21
Viewed: 6840
Points: 54
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Below, note already published by me.

How long do hummingbirds live?

There's not a lot of data to work with, but most experts think the average lifespan of a hummer is 3 or 4 years. The record was a female Broad-tailed, banded as an adult in Colorado in 1976, then recaptured in the same location in 1987, which would have made her at least 12 years old.

What animals prey on hummingbirds?

Although various larger birds, snakes, and mammals raid hummingbird nests for eggs and chicks, predation is not a major cause of mortality in adult hummingbirds. Animals known to have caught and eaten hummingbirds include cats, small hawks and owls, shrikes, roadrunners, orioles, tanagers, large flycatchers, grackles, herons, gulls, largemouth bass, frogs, spiders, and praying mantises.

How fast do hummingbird wings beat? How do they move?

It depends on the size of the bird. The largest, the Giant Hummingbird, has a wingbeat rate of 10-15 per second. The fastest recorded rate was about 80 per second, on a tiny Amethyst Woodstar, and the slightly smaller Bee Hummingbird - the world's smallest bird - may have an even faster rate. Common small North American hummers like the Ruby-throated and Rufous average around 53 per second in normal flight.

How fast do hummingbird hearts beat?

A rate of 1260 beats per minute was measured in a Blue-throated Hummingbird. In torpid hummingbirds, the heart rate can drop to 50-180 per minute.

(Source: http://www.hummingbirds.net/about.html)

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Again, these are very interesting notes about those tiny beauties :) This is mission impossible for me to realize so I'm very impressed when I see one so well captured. I love those colors and great compo and details. Thanks,

HI Livio,
It's always a pleasure to look at one of this birds, with that gorgeous and vibrant colours.
I like the composition made with the pose, the backwards wings and the flowers.
Well done and my best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-16 21:09]

Hi Livio,

I'm wondering which hummingbird this is. He has such beautiful colors. You froze him hovering just perfectly. Wonderful details and beautiful flowers.


Livio, Excellent picture. I can see a drop of nectar at the tip of the beak. Very nice description of common questions on Hummingbirds.
- Murali Santhanam

Olá Lívio,
Excelente registro!
Bela composição, com ótimo cromatismo e nitidez.
POV como deve ser!
Fotografia realmente difícil de se conseguir!
José Roberto

extraordinary shot, vivid colors and very good note.
very well done,

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-08-16 23:46]

HI Livio, I love to see your hummingbirds. It is still a surprise how you get such a sharp image of those fast flapping wings. Good clarity and colours. TFS. Murray.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-17 0:11]

Hola Livio,
realmente sensacional,
perfecto pov,
detalles, nitidez y composición,
genial captura,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-17 0:19]

Very good capture of this fast moving bird - well done Livio. You should be really pleased with this one.

Hello Livio !
What an impressive capture ! I'm really amazed ! You even managed to 'freeze' the wings ! Excellent etails, beautiful composition and POV, vivid colors, nice blurred BG. I love the metallic colors of the bird, they are wonderful. Very interesting note too, I didn't know that a heart could beat as fast as 160 beats per minute. Very welll done !

Hi Livio,
A great capture of this beauty hummer hovering over the lantana flower and sucking nectar. Very nice details with excellent composition and lighting. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-17 0:57]

Hi Livios,
an awesome shot of this hummingbird.
Very sharp and detailed.
Excellent colours.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-17 2:40]

Hello Livio,
Very fine capture of this Hummingbird from an unusual POV that really works to show up the beautiful colours of the plumage. I like the composition with the Lantana flowers very much.
TFS and regards, ULla

Hello Livio,
These hummers you have in Brazil are dazzling in their metallic colors, wish we had em' here..
Excellent job of freezing the wing action & use of flash. Great color, details, and composition mf.
Nice work!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-17 5:26]

Ola Livio Soares,
Focus, colors, composition and details are very nice.TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Livio
great capture with lovely compo and great DOF

Ola Livio.
Esse beija flor tem uma plumagem ou coloracao meio ingrata para fotos.
Ja tentei fotografar,mas parece que ele nao fica em foco.Mesmo assim sua foto ta 10.

Hi Livio,
what a nice capture of this beautiful hummingbird. great details and sharpness. great also timing of action. composition and colors very nice. good work.
have a nice weekend

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-17 20:09]

Hello Livio

Wow superb shot.
Just marking the post for now


hello livio,
fine captyure of the flying hummingbard, well saturated colours, nice composition, sharp image, the multicoloured lantan looks beautiful against the green bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-18 11:27]

selam , excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Beautiful colors in this fantastic up close capture, the metalic irridescent colors are striking in your hummingbird and the flowers compliment this even further. Way to go Livio. :)

Ola Livio,
Notas super interessantes, que linda foto
cores suaves e brilhantes, bela nitidez
meus parabens..


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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-08-24 11:45]

hi Livio, excelent shot, so goo and so quick. Bravo

Absolutely beautiful. You put my hummers to shame! And that's ok. :D
Gorgeous colors and great layout.
Nice use of a flash.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-09 11:37]

Hello Livio,
This is an amzing capture of a hovering hummingbird with incredible sharpness and DOF for only 2.8 aperture. Beautiful colors and composition against a fine natural BG too.
Nice to view!

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-09 22:42]

Hi Livio,
Excellent photo of the hummer hovering at the Lantana. Beautiful iridescent colors. Very well captured.


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