Sword-billed hummingbird - in flight approach, Jardin, Colombia
Yeah, so let's skip the 200 failed attempts at getting this spectacular bird in focus whilst flying. Here's a first usable one where it is approaches the feeder from the side. Note its tilted head position which it maintains until it arrives as the feeder. Only then will it tilt down whilst increasing wing speed, to compensate for its heavy bill. Imagine also the precision of flight needed to actually aim such a bill at the tiny feeder holes.
More in-flight shots:
The sword-billed hummingbird is a neotropical species of hummingbird from the Andean regions of South America. It is the sole member of the genus ''Ensifera'' and is characterized by its unusually long bill size; it is the only bird to have a beak longer than the length of its body. ''E. ensifera'' uses its bill to drink nectar from flowers with long corollas and has coevolved with the species ''Passiflora mixta''. While most hummingbirds preen using their bills, ''E. ensifera'' must use its feet.. more