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Oct 26, 2014

Wildlife photographer of the year 2014 contest

Photo by Jan van der Greef

The winners of the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 has been announced at London's Natural History Museum in England.   One of the finalists in the Bird category was the photograph above, titled 'Touche', by Jan van der Greef, of the Netherlands.   The long-billed hummingbird on the right was not identified, but it has what must be the longest bill, compared to body length, of any known hummingbird.   I will therefore go out on a limb (no pun intended) and suggest that it is a Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera).   The Sword-bill's bill is longer than its body and it is a large over-all bird (14 cm./5.5").   It occurs in several countries in northern-western South America and usually lives above 2,500 metres (8,000 ft.).   It is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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