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Velvet-purple coronet        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Colombia has many spectacular hummingbirds, and this is one of my favorites.   In poor light it's a dull blackish bird (bottom right) but when light reflects from the right direction, the plumage flashes a brilliant purple-blue with green highlights.   These were photographed in the Western Andes north of Cali, Colombia.

  • Canon 7DII; 800 mm IS lens + 1.4X converter or extension tube, fill-in flash (2015)