APRIL 2004

Photographer: Jack Goodman

Temagami Hummer

A female ruby-throated hummingbird, the only hummingbird found in eastern North America. Males have the bright, iridescent-red throat. The metallic sheen comes from the waterproof oil they secrete.

Note how the body is actually vertical during flight. This allows the hummingbird to fly backward, the only bird that can. Their bodies are about three inches long and when they hover they can be mistaken for a dragonfly. Most of the time this elusive, but common Temagami bird, is heard (a deep hum) rather than seen.

The wings beat at 200 beat per second, yet in this shot taken at 1/8,000th of a second the wings are still blurred.

Another extraordinary capture on Lake Temagami by Jack Goodman. It took him 100 shots to get this one.

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