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White-tailed hillstar        Images © Mark A. Chappell

White-tailed hillstars are fairly large hummingbirds; like many hummers, they appear fairly dull from many angles but their throat and chest glows bright blue when the light is optimal (flash helped with these).   I took the photos near feeders in mid-altitude forest at Montezuma Lodge near Tatama National Park, Colombia.

  • Canon 7DII; 800 mm IS lens + extension tubes or 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015, 2016)