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Flashing Costa's Hummingbird by papatheo Flashing Costa's Hummingbird by papatheo
A male Costa's Hummingbird flashes me as I approach to photograph him. It is quite a treat to be able to be so close to these exquisite jewels and observe them as they go about their daily business of courting, nesting and feeding in this open air building. Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, near Tucson, Arizona.
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brownierulz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THOSE FEATHERS!!! birdi 
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papatheo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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Siammh Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Gorgeous!
Can I use it as an ID for dA?
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papatheo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yes... for that usage only.
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TheGlobeTrotter Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful shot. I swear, hummingbirds like this always look like they are perpetually pissed off.
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papatheo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
:nod: "To the victor go the spoils"... there is no second place in the hummingbird hierarchy... it is win or lose.
It is even more intense between the types of hummers: the Rufus hummingbird is one of the tiniest of them all and can outmaneuver even the slightly larger... and the damage they can inflict to Ruby throated hummingbirds, etc. is unbelievable.
Thank you for your comments! 
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TheGlobeTrotter Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't be to surprised on the infliction one can do to another. Wild Nature is scary as hell sometimes, even with something as small as these hummers.
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papatheo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'll say!!!
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duncan779 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Holy..
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Mistykittyartist829 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SO AWESOME!
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Izm1r Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<font><font>Hermoso color,, tu muy bien... :)</font></font>
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satishverma Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really good! I love this style! Congratulations!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you Joanna!!!
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Gorgeous color!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks Tris!!!
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JLRPSLFL Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
WOW! Such detail and color... very nice
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papatheo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you James!!! :nod:
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What an excellent capture!!!!!!!!!!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
:) Thank you Art!!!
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Very welcome!!!!!!!!!!
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kitten-in-a-hat Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant! The colours and focus are of course very well done, but I also love the expression you've caught!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
:) Thank you!!!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D It is edited but not distorted... that is what a male Costa's Hummingbird looks like and it is quite an intense visual experience [although visually the Anna's Hummingbird is even more intense but they do not have the "gorget"... the bib like feather extension under the chin for which the Costa's Hummingbird is famous]. I hope that someday you have a chance to witness these flying jewels in person!!!
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Skritecek2 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Amazing colors! Did you edit this photo?
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papatheo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks... it is processed in photoshop [but not altered]... that's what a male Costa's Hummingbird looks like. Actually they are much more intensely brilliant in person.
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Skritecek2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Thanks for reply. :) I truly believe that they are a thousands times more beautiful in person.
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papatheo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
:nod:
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