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Old February 5th, 2018, 06:56 AM
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Old February 5th, 2018, 09:05 AM
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Peter,

Hummers remind me of the impossible treasures we have for ourselves and our children! I never ceased to marvel at them. My family had to drag me away from a hummer "station" in the jungle forrest in Costa Rica. Still, I had never seen such an impossible bird as this!









While we marvel at the white boots and that unimaginably long fantasy tail, consider this, the bird itself is a mere variant of a fruit fly!

That's how close our genetics are!

That is the incredible beauty of life over billions of variations, then millions of selections in changing environs. This is the magic that this single resting hummer, a Booted Racet-tail, represents!










The paradox is this:

If we lose this tiny bird, it's lost for ever.
The sweep of man's paintbrush, "sanitizes".

The game is no longer survival of the fittest
but of the very game itself!














So, for our own good, this bird has to be watched and guarded and then, perhaps there's still some chance for man!


Thanks so much Peter for this tiny miracle and beauty! Simply adorable!


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Old February 5th, 2018, 01:41 PM
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That is a very cute little guy! Perfectly photographed.
One can only dare to protect him…
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Old February 5th, 2018, 02:09 PM
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Peter, were you near the bird ?

You have you used flash, haven't you ? Why so ?

Nice work Peter ! :)
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Old February 5th, 2018, 04:44 PM
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A very thoughtful discourse Asher. And they are so much older than we are having been established in South America twenty-two million years ago.

Antonio it was too dark at the time to get the photo without flash. I much prefer to photograph them in sunlight, better colors, but they live in cloud forests so I don't get to much of the time.
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