Buff-tail Battle, Ecuador

Buff-tail Battle

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Buff-tail Battle
Guango, Ecuador   –   October 10, 2018
— Ralph Paonessa
Canon EOS 7D Mark II   *   EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM   *   ISO 320   *   1/320 sec @ f/2.8

Coronets are some of the most aggressive hummingbirds and will fiercely defend their food sources.

These two Buff-tailed Coronets wrestled each other to the ground, their feet and bills locked together in an intense struggle as their wings collided. I grabbed my camera and fired off a series of shots before it was over.

I'm not sure who won, but they both flew away. And repeated this fight a couple more times. This is a tight crop of their heads.

Photo ID: 20181010-25