Swordbill hummingbird Inflight

Swordbill hummingbird in flight

In High Speed Video, High Speed Video by Matt Shetzer

You probably know that hummingbirds beat their wings dozens of times per second to hang in midair while drinking nectar from flowers and feeders. But have you ever seen how it really works?

With a high-speed camera, I was able to capture a sword-billed hummingbird in flight, drinking from a flower in the montane forests of Ecuador.

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Swordbill hummingbird in flight was last modified: October 25th, 2021 by Matt Shetzer