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Anna's Hummingbird
These tiny but feisty hummingbirds are common in our area throughout the year. This is an adult male spreading wings and tail captured just before takeoff. The bright iridescent colors vary with light angle often appear black; but when the light hits just right they shine brightly rose-pink as seen here. Anna's Hummingbirds expanded their range starting in the mid-1930s when they bred in California north along the coast only to San Francisco. Now they breed north to Vancouver Island and east to West Texas. This range expansion is probably related to the spread of exotic garden plants and hummingbird feeders. This photo shows some fine wing details. One feature of the genus Calypte is that all the primaries are about equal width as seen here. This species was reportedly named in honor of Anna Masséna, Duchess of Rivoli in France.
Fort Mason, San Francisco, California, USA.
Date taken
16 February 2021
Scientific name
Calypte anna
Excellent Joseph - the angle of your lens caught the light perfectly to show case that gorgeous pink. Interesting notes too - thanks!
How stunning is this! An outstanding study of this beauty, Joseph.
Super shot Joseph; hummingbirds are so colourful. Wish we had some, and the light to capture them at such a low iso !!!
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Gosh he's got such a fierce look in his eye Joe!! LOL

That's a wonderful tail spread you caught lad - well done my friend.

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Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
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Tue, 16 February 2021 10:45 AM
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