Blue-throated Goldentail at Tranquilo Bay

Blue-throated Goldentail at Tranquilo Bay

Last week, when some guests and I where preparing to go for a hike, we started by enjoying the hummingbird activity outside their cabin.   To our great surprise, in the group of hummingbirds feeding was an uncommon species for this part of the country, a gorgeous male Blue-throated Goldentail, also known as Blue-throated Sapphire (Hylocharis eliciae).

The bird stayed around the entire day feeding on the same plant, and everybody that wanted to see it, got to enjoy it and photograph it. And off course, after the hike I came back with my camera to get some pictures.

This species has been observed on the Tranquilo Bay grounds only one time before.  This time we have been allowed to enjoy it for a long time, because it is still coming back to the same plant to feed.  It is chasing away the Crowned Woodnymphs, Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds and Stripe-throated Hermit, that are feeding on the same plant.

Blue-throated Sapphire

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