Readers’ wildlife photos

September 30, 2021 • 8:00 am

We continue with the last set of hummingbird photographs by Emilio d’Alise. His first set, of Broad-tailed hummingbirds, is here. Today we have the second and third of the three congeneric species in his area. I reprise his notes and IDs, which are indented. Click on the photos to enlarge them (clicking twice in succession makes them really large.)

I lived in Colorado for 11 years and Colorado has eight species of hummingbirds, but during my time there, I’ve only been able to capture photos of three species (the ones that came to feeders I had up): Broad-tailed HummingbirdRufous Hummingbird, and the Calliope Hummingbird.

The photos I sent are a sampling from this 2012 blog post, and the SmugMug Gallery for that post is at this LINK. Anyone interested in the technical aspects of the photos (ISO, shutter speed, f-stop, etc) can find it by clicking on the “i” icon in SmugMug.

All of the photos were shot by me on my deck, often just a few feet from the birds. Almost all the photos are cropped for composition and to isolate the subject. In Colorado, I has something like twelve feeders around the house and went through about 25 to 30 pounds of sugar per season, all the more impressive because it’s a short season (they get there in late May and by mid-to-late September, they’re all pretty much gone).

Today we’ll look at the last two species. First, the Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope).

And here’s the Rufous Hummingbird, (Selasphorus rufus):

5 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Beautiful pictures! It’s interesting how stern the hummingbirds look, especially the rufous. Perhaps they are frustrated by how lazy all other creatures must seem compared to them.

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