fledgling

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By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator

A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird hovering at Ashland Nature Center. Photo by Amber Wible, June 16, 2011.

As we celebrate Father’s Day today, here is a perfect image to illustrate the day: a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird in full color!  Male birds often are more colorful than females, and male hummingbirds in particular are known for their brilliant colors.

Hummingbirds are known for their iridescent feathers, and the throats of male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds give the species its name.  This colorful patch of specialized feathers is known as the gorget, and in the right light, makes the throat look like a blazing red ember.

This wonderful photograph was taken this past week in the Outdoor Images and Moviemaking summer camp by Amber Wible, a fourteen-year-old with great talent for photography.  Certainly her father can be proud of her skills!