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Shining sunbeam        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The shining sunbeam is a large, long-winged, rather dull-colored hummingbird of high-altitude cloud forests.   They show some irridescense in good light (but we seldom saw that); most of the time they look drab tawny-brown, as in these images.   They were taken near Wayqecha Research Station, at about 3000 m altitude on the Manu Road in southeastern Peru, and in southwestern Colombia.

  • Canon 7D, 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 1.4X converter, electronic flash (2012, 2015)