Sword-billed Hummingbird at Guango Lodge in Ecuador. 2/22/18. No flash used and the bird was in some bad (dark) light, but twas the best shot I could get of this species while in Ecuador. I plan to do some multi-flash photography next time to get photos that really show the beauty of these guys. But still, what a beak!! Nikon d500 w/200-500 lens.
Chestnut-breasted Coronets seemed to boldly stand out (although not "flashy" compared to typical hummers), making for easy IDs once seen. They were common at San Isidro in Ecuador and it was surreal being face to face with these beautifully created birds! Me and this wondrous creation crossed paths on 2/22/2017 at San Isidro.
Female Great Sapphirewing at Tambocondor in Ecuador on February 18, 2018. This species is large for a hummingbird! Her size was especially noticeable when she'd hover just before landing or while feeding. The wings simply don't flap nearly as fast as your typical hummer. Definitely not a "buzz" to the wing beat...more like a fast, swallow-like flap.