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mikekeck

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The males have orange neck feathers, he is a young male. Nice shot!

By "neck" do you mean gorget or nape? This one's nape (and whole dorsal side) was completely green (in contrast to most juvenile males). You may be correct, but this bird looks (to me) exactly like the drawing of an adult female in the Sibley Guide (Rufous females do have a central gorget whereas the [growing] gorget in young males is more spread out). Again, I'm not certain that it is an adult female.
 
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jprusa

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By "neck" do you mean gorget or nape? This one's nape (and whole dorsal side) was completely green (in contrast to most juvenile males). You may be correct, but this bird looks (to me) exactly like the drawing of an adult female in the Sibley Guide (Rufous females do have a central gorget whereas the [growing] gorget in young males is more spread out). Again, I'm not certain that it is an adult female.
Sorry , I guess throat would be a better term. They are similar to the Ruby Throated-Humming bird. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rufous_Hummingbird/id
 

mikekeck

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Sorry , I guess throat would be a better term. They are similar to the Ruby Throated-Humming bird. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rufous_Hummingbird/id

I notice that website did not really try to distinguish between juvenile males and adult females in some photos. Ruby-throated hummer females don't have a gorget at all. I'm still leaning towards adult female, but I am not always correct....
 

AlanF

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I went out today with the R5 and 100-500mm and as usual saw nothing but on the way back some Barnswallows swooped around for a couple of minutes. Photographing these is an Olympic athletics event rather than photography. Two shots of juveniles followed by a burst on an older bird stitched together.
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Well done, Alan.
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Very nice bokeh on the second picture.
 
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AlanF

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Very lucky today to see Glossy Ibises and with the light just right to show off their colours. I had the 2xTC on the R5 + 100-500mm, fine for most shots but missed some flying.

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I really like the wing's metallic colours on this bird. Well done, Alan.
 
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I went out today with the R5 and 100-500mm and as usual saw nothing but on the way back some Barnswallows swooped around for a couple of minutes. Photographing these is an Olympic athletics event rather than photography. Two shots of juveniles followed by a burst on an older bird stitched together.
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Alan, where did you take these photos?! I wander why the belly has that color (there are two subspecies with such/similar color but they are over East Mediterranean and Egypt). Or may be just reflection from the ground bellow/exposure? Nice, difficult shots!
 

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Alan, where did you take these photos?! I wander why the belly has that color (there are two subspecies with such/similar color but they are over East Mediterranean and Egypt). Or may be just reflection from the ground bellow/exposure? Nice, difficult shots!
A local field. They were members of the same family, I think, with adults that were quite dark underneath and deeply fork tails and juveniles lighter with forks not developed.
 
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