274944267 1 Emily Zamora Bnb Bypc 2021

Updated: Feb. 24, 2023

This is a Buff-bellied hummingbird. I used a Nikon D500 and a Nikkor 200-500mm lens. What makes this extraordinary to me is that this is a hummingbird that has been in my backyard for a long time (a backyard bully), but the moment when I first noticed the species almost a decade ago now was what got me into hummingbirds and birding, and now I travel all over the world just to get a glimpse of different species. Ironically, I don’t have amazing shots of this hummingbird despite them being in my backyard and accessible all the time. But the tail fan is what I wait for, with all those pretty rufous/orange colors. They are also “the least studied hummingbird” in the America’s, which I think is insane because they are absolutely beautiful.

buff bellied hummingbirdCourtesy Emily Zamora