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Garnet-throated Hummingbird Male Hovering among Pink Flowers, Fuentes Georginas, Guatemala
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Garnet-throated Hummingbird - Photo of Male Suspended in Flight Among Pink Flowers   Laprolaima rhami  

  Foto de Macho de Chupaflor Alicastaño Suspendido entre Flores Rosadas

Fuentes Georginas, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala  © 1991 Peter W. Wendelken

The first time I saw a Garnet-throated Hummingbird was in March, 1982 in the Biotopo del Quetzal near Purulha, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. The male Garnet-throated Hummingbird in this photo was discovered in May, 1991 along the entrance road to Fuentes Georginas, a hot springs located near Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The male was feeding at flowers just downhill of the dirt road where we were standing and the bright sun was behind us at about 10 in the morning. We watched this male for about an hour as he weaved in and out among the flowers, pausing at times to rest. This Garnet-throated Hummingbird sighting is the most exciting hummingbird experience I have had even though I have observed such beautiful and sensational species as the Purple-crowned Fairy, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, and Velvet-purple Coronet. Periodically, as it foraged, it would momentarily turn to face in our direction producing a sudden, brilliant flash of the large, rounded, startling deep pink gorget surrounded by jet black and indigo-violet. Everytime I saw this my knees literally went weak. It was among the most thrilling sights of my life.
La primera vez que ví el colibrí de nombre común Chupaflor Alicastaño fue en marzo de 1982 en el Biotopo del Quetzal, cerca de Purulhá, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. El macho de Chupaflor Alicastaño de esta foto se descubrió en mayo de 1991 a lo largo del camino de entrada del balneario Fuentes Georginas, aguas calientes no muy lejos de Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. El colibrí bebía de flores cuesta abajo del camino de tierra donde estuvimos parados a las 10 de la mañana. Observamos este macho por una hora mientras volaba entre las flores, a veces descansando. Esta observación se queda la experiencia más emociante de mi vida involucrando un colibrí a pesar de haber visto especies de colibirí tan bellos y sensacionales como la Hadita de Coronilla Violácea (Heliothryx barroti), el Colibrí Garganta de Fuego (Panterpe insignis), y la Coronita Aterciopelada (Boissonneaua jardini). De vez en cuando, mientras volaba, se giró para encararnos. Eso se produjo de repente un destello brillante del color rosado intenso de la garganta rodeado por negro azabachado y indigo-violeta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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