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White-naped jacobin        Images © Mark A. Chappell

White-naped jacobins, along with rufous-tailed hummingbirds dominated the feeders we set up around our back porch in Gamboa, Panama (some images were made near Cali, Colombia).   Jacobins were particularly aggressive and territorial, and therefore were very easy to photograph -- aside from their quick reflexes and high speed.   The males, with their blue hoods, green highlights, and brilliant white bellies and tails, are very striking but the greenish females are also attractive.

  • Canon 30D or 7D2; flight shots were made with a Canon 100-400 zoom at about 300 mm, fill-in flash at high-speed synch setting; sittings bird were shot with a 500 IS lens plus 2X converter and extension tubes or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter; fill-in flash (2006, 2015, 2016)