Hummingbirds – Flying Jewels

Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris) fighting a bee at the lowlands of Costa Rica

Hummingbirds – Flying Jewels

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Hummingbirds are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. It also very challenging and a good mix of several techniques, including multi-flash photography is necessary to successfully do it.

Hummingbirds are specialized nectarivores and are tied to the ornithophilous flowers upon which they feed. Some species, especially those with unusual bill shapes such as the sword-billed hummingbird and the sicklebills, are co-evolved with a small number of flower species.

Many plants pollinated by hummingbirds produce flowers in shades of red, orange, and bright pink, though the birds will take nectar from flowers of other colors as well.

There are several places to photograph hummingbirds in Costa Rica, I especially like the cloud forest and the lowlands like Braulio Carillo and Sarapiqui because there is a lot of variety in those areas.

Scintillant Hummingbird (Selasphorus scintilla). Endemic from Costa Rica. Perched on a branch at San Gerardo de Dota
Scintillant Hummingbird (Selasphorus scintilla) females feeding from flowers in flight the Highlands of Costa Rica.
Scintillant Hummingbird (Selasphorus scintilla). Endemic from Costa Rica. Perched on a branch at San Gerardo de Dota
Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris) in flight at the low lands of Costa Rica
Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris) in flight under the rain at the low lands of Costa Rica
Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris) fighting a bee at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy )feeding in the rain at Cinchona, Costa Rica.
Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris) feeding from flowers in flight at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris) pushing out of its terrytory a Mantis at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Stripe-throated Hermit (Phaethornis striigularis) showing tail display at the low lands of Costa Rica
Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata) male fedding from flowers in flight at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata) in flight under the rain with water drop at the low lands of Costa Rica
Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata) hummingbird perched on a branch at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata) juvenile feeding from flowers in flight at the low lands of Costa Rica
Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata) male defending his territory in flight at the low lands of Costa Rica
Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata) male fedding from flowers in flight at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insignis) feeding from flowers at Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.
Fiery-throated Hummingbird Endemic from Costa Rica and Panama, Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica
Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insignis) feeding from flowers at Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.
Steely-vented Hummingbird (Amazilia saucerrottei) feeding from flowers in flight
Violet-headed Hummingbird (Klais guimeti) male, in flight under the rain at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Violet-headed Hummingbird (Klais guimeti) male, feeding from flowers at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Violet-headed Hummingbird (Klais guimeti) male, feeding from flowers in the rain at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Violet-headed Hummingbird (Klais guimeti) male, feeding from flowers at the lowlands of Costa Rica
Green-fronted lancebill (Doryfera ludovicae) perched on a branch at the highlands of Costa Rica http://www.chrisjimenez.net
Black-bellied Hummingbird (Eupherusa nigriventis) feeding from Flowers at Cinchona, Costa Rica.
White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) male in flight at the low lands of Costa Rica
Black-crested Coquette(Lophornis helenae) feeding from flowers at Braulio Carillo National Park, Costa Rica
Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer (Chalybura urochrysia) male feeding from flowers at the rain forest of Costa Rica
The White-crested Coquette (Lophornis adorabilis) is endemic from Costa Rica and Panama. Feeding from flowers at Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) feeding from flowers at San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica
Magenta-throated Woodstar (Calliphlox bryantae) male feeding from flowers at the highlands of Costa Rica
Purple-throated Mountaingem (Lampornis calolaemus) males defending its territory at the highlands of Costa Rica
Two Hummingbirds Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) and Coppery-headed Emerald (Elvira cupreiceps) perched on a banana flower at the highlands of Costa Rica.
Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii) male in flight fighting bee at the highland of Costa Rica
Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii) spreading its tail at the highlands of Costa Rica
Stripe-throated Hermit (Phaethornis striigularis) feeding from flowers in the rain at the low lands of Costa Rica
Stripe-throated Hermit(Phaethornis striigularis) in flight defending its territory agaits an Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) at Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica
Stripe-throated Hermit (Phaethornis striigularis) feeding from flowers in flight at the low lands of Costa Rica
Stripe-throated Hermit (Phaethornis striigularis) showing tail display at the low lands of Costa Rica
Violet-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica) male feeding from flowers at the low lands of Costa Rica, Guapiles, Cope Wildlife
Violet-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania fannyi colombica) feeding from flowers at San Ramon, Costa Rica.
White-crested Coquette (Lophornis adorabilis) male feeding from flowers in flight at Costa Rica
White-tipped sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) feeding from heliconia flowers at the low lands of Costa Rica
White-bellied Mountaingem (Oreopyra hemileucus) defending its territory in flight at the highlands of Costa Rica
White-throated Mountaingem (Lampornis castaneoventris) showering under the rain at the highlands of Costa Rica
White-throated Mountaingem (Lampornis castaneoventris) perched on a branch at the highlands of Costa Rica
White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) feeding from heliconia flower at Sarapiqui, Costa Rica.
Volcano Hummingbird (Selasphorus flammula) female perched in a leaf at the highlands of Costa Rica
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