Sword-billed hummingbird - in flight approach IV, Jardin, Colombia
The least favorite of my in-flight shots of this bird, yet usable. What I like about this pose is that if you rotate this photo so that the bill is straight, it shows that its entire body from bill to tail is an almost perfectly straight line.
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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