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Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Selasphorus platycercus


Small bird; medium-sized hummingbird. Shiny green upperparts. Adult male has red throat. Adult female has white throat speckled with iridescent green or bronze.


I am fairly certain this is a broad-tailed. Does anyone see it differently?

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43 Comments (1–25)

EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Consider it done!

EmilyMarino 8 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

I would like to invite you to post your spottings of hummingbirds in the new mission for Hummingbirds of the New World:

EmilieWatchesTrees 9 years ago

Amazing photos, Emily!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

I use manual too, but I tend to over think things and ruin shots in the moment. The aperture setting definitely helps me stay in the moment.

Arya 9 years ago

Great info Emily, thanks! I'll give aperture priority mode a try. I've been using manual mode.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Sorry Arya, I am just now seeing your question.

I honestly don't remember but here is what I think... I usually use the aperture setting on my camera. I control the aperture and the ISO and let the camera figure out the shutter speed. I almost always have my aperture wide open and I think for this shot the ISO was 400 or 800. I also changed the exposure settings to trick the camera into thinking it was lighter than it actually was, this helps the shutter speed trigger faster in less than favorable light conditions.

The lighting on this day was very good, although the hummers were under a fiberglass overhang that made it just a little darker. I was also able to get very close to them thanks to all the feeders! Hope this helps! :)

Arya 9 years ago

Hey Emily, what shutter speed did you use to get this?

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Your patience certainly paid off!!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Rustic 41! I was very patient that day! :)

Rustic 41
Rustic 41 9 years ago

A truly beautiful image!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you so much Sachin and EnvUnlimited!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations !
Lovely Picture,

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Reza and Sckel!

Sckel 9 years ago


Congratulations !

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you all so much!

Joshua, that's a bummer! I'm sorry you (therefore we) missed it! Just glad they were released! I love me some coyotes!

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Brilliant shot. Congratulations Emily on your SOTD. Makes me smile :)

Rubens Araujo
Rubens Araujo 9 years ago

Great Shot ...perfect !!!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Super gorgeous spotting Emily! :) Congratulations! Btw, those coyotes already got released :/ it was very private for some reason. They won't tell even me.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you all so very much! I love sharing my photographs and educating others about our amazing world!

outsidegirl0 9 years ago it;)

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Congratulations, Emily! is a very pretty spotting!

surekha 9 years ago

Beautiful, Emily! Congrats!

ira080808 9 years ago

this is amazing! congratulations Emily :)

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on Aug 11, 2013
Submitted on Aug 12, 2013

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