Rufous Hummingbirds - Thomas Barclay
Depicted are the colourful Male (Top) and Female (Bottom) Rufous Hummingbird. The males have bright orange feathers on the belly and back, a rufous coloured face and an iridescent red throat. The females have green, white and sometimes orange feathers on their throat. The males feathers are sticking up around his throat as he preens himself; they help reflect light indicating to other males his territory. He also has pink markings on his chest due to a researchers pen.
(Original photos were taken by Freya Coursey)
Pencil and Digital Painting
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