Black-tailed Trainbearer, Ecuador

Black-tailed Trainbearer

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Black-tailed Trainbearer
Guaytara, Ecuador   –   October 15, 2018
— Ralph Paonessa
Canon EOS 7D Mark II   *   EF500mm f/4L IS USM   *   ISO 640   *   1/1600 sec @ f/7.1

Black-tailed Trainbearers frequent gardens and human habitation at higher altitudes, and often seen around Quito.

This one perched briefly at an orange Chuquiragua shrub, a favorite hummingbird food source above treeline. Despite being fairly common, we all had trouble getting a shot of this bird staying still.

Sadly, this hummingbird was eaten by the lodge cat, as one of our group came across the cat swallowing it -- whole -- tail and all! (We didn't stay long enough to find out how the cat, Capulina, felt later.)

Photo ID: 20181015-61