Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer Hummingbird

Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer at Heliconian Flower. Dave and Dave’s Costa Rican Nature Park

Dave and Dave’s Costa Rica Nature Park in La Virgen, Costa Rica is a bird photographer’s dream. A comfortable patio and back porch are surrounded by subtle bird feeding stations…natural vines against a background of native flowering and fruiting plants for tanagers and toucans, and hummingbird feeders along the eve of the porch against a similar background, with natural flowers placed strategically for perches and to provide drinking stations for the hummers. There are always birds to be seen, and close enough for natural photography. This Heliconia flower was placed for the hummers and there was always activity around it, as the Bronze-tailed Plumeleteers defended it from Green Brilliants and White-necked Jacobins. It made for some acrobatic hummingbird shots. I prefer natural light shots to the multiple flash setups, in part because I don’t like to see the hummingbird’s wings completely frozen. They certainly can not be seen that way except in flash photos. These shots are at 1/800th of a second, which is all the camera could manage at my selected maximum ISO of 1600. (I had ISO Minimum Shutter Speed set to 1/1000th but the light was no up to it.) Sony RX10iii @ 205mm. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic.

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