Shinning Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis) in the Rain
November 30, 2018, at Termales del Ruiz. Conditions at this location at the approach to Nevado del Ruiz are often cold, foggy and rainy. Here is a Shinning Sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis) shaking off excess rain water.
The Shinning Sunbeam hummingbird is easily identified by relatively large size and cinnamon color. The male has a brilliant rainbow colored rump. The markings of the female are similar except that the rump would be much duller in color. This is a species of hummingbird found in the higher altitudes in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. This image was taken at 3500 M.S.N.M. or about 11,500 feet above sea level.