Archive for December, 2012

More on the “Purple Flash”

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

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I’ve been trying to capture the ‘Purple Flash’ on film for some time now. What I mean by the “Purple Flash” is the brillant purple color of the head and gorget (chin whisker feathers) when the sun is just right. I know now that my previous efforts where approching the problem in the wrong way (more…)

The “Purple Flash”

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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In my home area of Southern Baja Mexico, we have two species of hummingbirds, the Costa’s (Calytpe costae) and the endemic Xantus’ Hummingbird (Hylocharli xantusu).

The male Costa’s has a purple crown and a long purple gorget (chin feathers). Trying to get a photograph of this brillant purple color is a challenge to any photographer. (more…)