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Broad-tailed hummingbird        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The broad-tailed hummingbird is a western counterpart of the eastern ruby-throated hummingbird.  Broad-tails are usually found in mountain forests in summer, and most migrate south of the US during the winter.   Males have brilliant rose-red gorgets; females have rusty sided and small streaks on the throat.   I took most of these photos at a very nice Forest Service rest area in the Cache National Forest in northeastern Utah; others were made in the mountains of Colorado.

  • Canon 1D4; 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter and extension tubes, or 70-200 mm f4 IS zoom lens with extension tube; fill-in flash (2012, 2014)