Sword-Billed Hummingbird Video: Amazing in Slow Motion

In High Speed Video, High Speed Video by Matt Shetzer

The sword billed hummingbird is one of nature’s most amazing creations. It’s the only bird in the world with a beak longer than its body.

In the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, 9,000 feet above sea level, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this stunning hummingbird feasting on the native flowers.

I lead hummingbird photography workshops once a year in this beautiful country. This year, I stayed an extra week so I could capture high speed video of the fascinating sword billed hummingbird (and several other rare species). Hummingbirds can beat their wings up to 80 times a second, so this is likely the slowest you’ll ever see one move!

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Sword-Billed Hummingbird Video: Amazing in Slow Motion was last modified: March 26th, 2024 by Matt Shetzer