Gorgeted Sunangel, Ecuador

Gorgeted Sunangel
Bellavista, Ecuador
Canon EOS-1D Mark II   *   EF500mm f/4L IS USM + 1.4X   *   ISO 640   *   1/40 sec @ f/6.3

Sunangels are small hummingbirds with a lot of attitude. Viewed at the right angle, the iridescent gorget (throat feathers) lights up like a laser beam, enhanced by on-camera fill flash. The head angle foreshortens the bill, but highlights the "bug eyes" common to all hummers, a defense against predators.

Photo ID: 20060814-1451

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