Daily Archives: August 23, 2019

White-bellied Woodstar

As the afternoon progressed at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, along the Manu Road in the Andes of southern Peru, the mist came in. It is the cloud forest, and that afternoon it lived up to its name. That meant that I was shooting through a haze by the time the White-bellied Woodstar showed up. That and the natural fall-off the light limited the photographic possibilities. Still, for the record, here are at least two individuals of White-bellied Woodstar. These diminutive hummingbirds took no guff from the larger hummers at the feeders…often contesting perches with the Violet-fronted Brilliants three times their size. They relied on their speed and maneuverability to swoop in and raid even well-guarded feeders at will. Sony RX10iv at 1200mm equivalent (2X Clear Image Zoom). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic.