Male Anna’s Hummingbird

Male Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) perched on a charred Ceanothus twig, showing iridiscent crown and gorget, Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail, Escondido, California. April 2018.

Sometimes I’m lucky (and I think I deserve it – just like everybody else;-). I’ve begun to haul the 200-500mm lens around on local walks recently, and today in the morning I dragged “Big Bertha” (as a friend calls it) up to Bernardo Mountain. 4 1/2 pounds extra weight are fun, why not?

I was actually looking for wildflowers (and found a pretty Allium praecox, Early Onion) when I saw this male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) perched on a charred Ceanothus twig. It was completely isolated from the surrounding shrubs and I had the sun behind me. The bright morning light brought out the iridescent magenta glow on the little bird’s crown and gorget. I almost couldn’t believe my luck!

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