Long-tailed Sylph, Ecuador

Long-tailed Sylph

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Long-tailed Sylph
Guango, Ecuador   –   October 28, 2008
— Ralph Paonessa
Canon EOS 5D   *   EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x   *   ISO 200   *   1/200 sec @ f/16

The male Long-tailed Sylph is a stunning hummingbird with its long, elegant iridescent tail. Unlike most hummingbirds, sylphs look better from the back or above, where their deeply iridescent violet-blue tails are highlighted. So I positioned the camera and lights a bit high, and shot down.

Photo ID: 20081028-4765