Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Milpe hummingbirds

After a nearly rain-free day at Rio Silanche our next day visited a reserve at Milpe.  It was raining.  That didn't slow down the hummingbirds though.  They teed up nicely for some fun portraits despite pretty borderline lighting.

This is female Green Thorntail

And male (Green) Crowned Wood-nymph.  The Central American form has a purple crown.

Most emeralds are entirely green.  Not so with Andean Emerald.

This Purple-bibbed Whitetip is one of my favorite photos of the trip.

After a while we started seeing how many different species we could see on the feeders at once.

This one has 4 species.
 Female and male Jacobin on the left, Crowned Wood-nymph behind the glass, White-whiskered Hermit in flight and female or immature Green-crowned Brilliant on the right.

This is 4 species again
Same species as above except a Green Thorntail is mostly hidden on the far left in place of the hermit.  The bird in the back on the right with the gray throat is a female wood-nymph.

And 5 species...
Far left (and right) are female Jacobin with male Green-crowned Brilliant second from left.  Next is Green Thorntail with the white malar, everyone's favorite Rufous-tailed Hummingbird with the pink bill, and a female wood-nymph in lousy focus in front.

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