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Photo: Mariam Kamal/Audubon Photography Awards
Species: White-necked Jacobin
Location: Dave & Dave’s Nature Park, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Camera: Nikon D3300 with Tamron SP AF 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens; 1/250 second at f/6.3; ISO 200
Story Behind the Shot:
On my fifth trip to Costa Rica, my favorite birding spots produced a few measly sightings.
So I drove six hours to a reforestation site, which turned out to be well worth the trip.
For an hour I photographed a valiant troop of White-necked Jacobins consuming nectar from heliconias that swayed and bobbed in a forceful wind.
I could barely breathe as I snapped—I felt that I, too, was fighting to hang on!
Of the 350-plus species of hummingbirds, most have small geographic ranges.
Bucking the trend is the White-necked Jacobin, common from southern Mexico to southern Brazil.
It succeeds by being adaptable, occupying a wide variety of tropical forest and edge habitats.