Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insignis)

As is usual in Hummingbirds, the Fiery-throated Hummingbird shows iridescence in its plumage, by refracting light that hits in different angles and intensities. The result is a colorful plumage that changes with every so slight movement. The challenge is to obtain a picture of this active bird with the glowing yellow-red throat and blue chest. Getting that in-flight with natural light is a matter of luck.

This impressive hummingbird showed a rainbow of color when perched on the spiny branch
One of the hummingbirds drinking nectar from a light purple flower while on the flight
The same hummingbird, now on a different position where the wings are on the front
This Fiery-throated hummingbird seems to be missing its target right above it
It is common to see many of these hummingbirds circling one flower at the same time
Encounters can transform into battles, but much of the time they are pacific and share the flowers with other hummingbirds
A Fiery-throated Hummingbird just approaches the orange flower while another one is taking a sip
The speed at which hummingbirds move their wings is higher than my camera’s in this frame
Frozen in the air by the camera, these hummingbirds definitely do many acrobatic movements to grab some nectar out of flowers
It is not necessarily easier to land the feet on the correct position for these hummingbirds
Partially closed eyes reveal just how intense the action is and how fast it can happen
This hummingbird used its feet to hold tightly to the lower flower while drinking from the upper one
A Fiery-throated Hummingbird spreads its blue tail during flight, presumably to have better control in the air
After feeding for a while, these hummingbirds rest on nearby branches
When resting after a feeding session, they can act almost catatonic, letting people get very close and sometimes even touch them
Fiery-throated Hummingbird - Panterpe insignis - Colibrí Garganta de Fuego
I would call this the rainbow hummingbird instead, given its wide palette of red, yellow, blue, violet and green colors
Fiery-throated Hummingbird - Panterpe insignis - Colibrí Garganta de Fuego (6)
The hummingbirds perch on small branches for minutes after feeding in the nectar feeders and nearby flowers
Fiery-throated Hummingbird - Panterpe insignis - Colibrí Garganta de Fuego (9)
Another composition I like, with a clean background and the bird flying in vertical pose. Note the feet touching the leaf
Fiery-throated Hummingbird - Panterpe insignis - Colibrí Garganta de Fuego (17)
I felt the most lucky person in this world after getting this picture. The dark background helps to emphasize the saturation of colors from this bird
Fiery-throated Hummingbird - Panterpe insignis - Colibrí Garganta de Fuego (18)
The deep blue patch contrasts nicely against the bright green feathers of the belly. Although dark, the orange throat can also be appreciated

2 thoughts on “Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insignis)

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