Wire-crested Thorntail, Discosura popelairii, hummingbird, bird, ecuador

Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii)

Hummingbirds are an amazing family of birds. I think one of my favourite species has to be the Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii), which I photographed in Ecuador. It looks like someone has grabbed it by the top of it’s head and the tip of it’s tail and just pulled…..resulting in it being pointy at both ends!

In this photo, the bird is looking directly at the camera, revealing the stunning green iridescence of it’s head feathers. I never use flash photography for hummingbirds-I think the resulting photos often look too artificial and there is always the opinion that the flash may disturb, or even harm, the birds themselves. Relying on natural light, however, does mean that an element of photographic luck is involved, as the beautiful colours seen on most hummingbirds are a result of how their feathers interact with the light falling on them.



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