Modest Hummer

Anna’s Hummingbird female (Calypte anna) Photo Fionn Rowntree-Roberts

Anna’s Hummingbirds are no strangers to Chavez Park and its immediate neighborhood, but we most often see the males. The males’ heads and necks look black in most lights, but suddenly explode into shocking neon pink when the sun hits them just right. No such cheap thrills for the females. Modest and steady in their wardrobe, they feature a grey breast and a softly iridescent green back and crown.

Anna’s Hummingbird female (Calypte anna) Photo Fionn Rowntree-Roberts

This capture is by Fionn Rowntree-Roberts, age 15 1/2, the son of photographer Phil Rowntree, whose work has appeared here frequently. Dad got a snapshot of son stalking the bird:

More about Anna’s: Wikipedia Audubon Cornell In Chavez Park

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