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.
This male Garnet-throated Hummingbird was not "lured" to these flowers. I have NEVER lured any bird to a perch or flowers, preselected or otherwise. He chose to feed at these naturally growing flowers of his own free will. No artificial background was used. I have NEVER used an artificial background in any photo. No flash units were used. I have NEVER used flash for bird photography or other nature photography.
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