Animals

By Mike Jones

 

Dramatic photos capture an extremely rare hummingbird hang onto the enormous beak of a rival bird in the wild.

The Ecuadorian hummingbird was beaten to the bird feeder in the photographs, taken by Nicolas Reusens who described the scene as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ moment.

The 45-year-old snapper caught the buff-tailed coronet with the large beak jump the queue and throw its rival off balance in Ecuador.

Nicolas said: “During one of my trips to Ecuador I had the luck of watching a very unusual bird coming to the feeders – the sword-billed hummingbird.

“The small hummingbird wanted to feed so to prevent the sword-billed from feeding, it perched on its beak to unbalance it. After six intense days, and the very last afternoon, I got one of the most unusual captures of my life.”

Using triggers and large amounts of lighting to freeze motion in the shot Nicholas was able to capture the shot which earned him accolades in the Asisa Foto contest.