are the most accomplished fliers of the avian world. With
wings beating 12-80 times per second, they can perform amazing
high-speed aerial maneuvers - even flying backward. Last
February, in the mountainous highlands of northern Costa Rica,
I was fortunate enough to capture the spectacular acrobatics
of this pair of Green-crowned Brilliants (Heliodoxa jacula),
with the male flying upside-down!
This species is a resident breeder at higher altitudes (700 -
2000 m) from Costa Rica to western Ecuador.
The picture was photographed with a remote-controlled,
synchronized, ultrahigh-speed multiple-flash setup.
Fleetingly, the hungry hummers flew into my miniature portrait
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