Jul 15 2012
Have you ever noticed how the amount and direction of light can make a bird look different?
Male Costa’s hummingbirds have shiny purple feathers all over their heads but the feathers look black when the light is at the wrong angle.
This male fluffed his face feathers while Bill Parker was taking his picture in California last winter. Here’s what he could have looked like had he kept his feathers sleeked.
The light has been subdued in Pittsburgh this weekend because of cloudy, rainy weather. The birds look dull but we need the rain.
(photo of a Costa’s hummingbird by William Parker)