All a Matter of the Light

This is for Terri Del Tour. First, this is obviously a composite ( I fully acknowledge that it should not be considered for voting what so ever), but there is a reason for this. Terri has expressed her observations of hummingbirds in her yard as resembling the bird on the right; 90 persent of the time that is how most people will see this bird. The "gorget" (the feathers making up the head, face and throat) only appears as it does in the left image, when the light is refracted off of the gorget, scattering the light in the red spectrum of the electormagnetic spectrum. Note that the head on the left bird is approximately turned at about 45 degrees from the bird on the right. Both images are of the EXACT SAME bird; taken this mornig, in exactly the same light. This flash of red is brief, a matter of fractions of a second. Hope this helps to illlustrate how the Anna's male can look desceptive: it's all a matter of the light. ;-)


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Mark Schmitt Mark Schmitt


Timestamps:
Taken 9:43 AM on September 24, 2011
Uploaded 3:34 PM on September 24, 2011
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Posted in Wildlife
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  • Canon EOS 30D
Place:
Wofford Heights, CA
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Weathering by Mark Schmitt Lesser Goldfinch by Mark Schmitt All a Matter of the Light by Mark Schmitt Anna's Hummingbird (male) by Mark Schmitt Confrontation by Mark Schmitt
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Anna's Hummingbird by Mark Schmitt Anna's Hummingbird (male) by Mark Schmitt All a Matter of the Light by Mark Schmitt Lesser Goldfinch by Mark Schmitt Oak Titmouse by Mark Schmitt
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