Picaflor Cordillerano (Oreotrochilus leucopleurus) (adult male)

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The () is one of the six species of of Chile and the most colorful of them all.

Is not easy to find and even harder to photograph. To achieve my purpose I needed to explore  various environments where the birds might be nesting, perhaps on the roof of a small cavern (not too dark), a hole in the rocks or a little, overhanging rock.

After I found the place – and careful not to disturb them – I perched myself about 15 meters away and carefully placed a colorful flower . Then I prepared myself to do what all photographers of birds know how to do best… wait.

Walter Baliero

Walter Baliero

Birds photographer and photo safaris leader Age: 62 Living in Santiago de Chile, Chile Birds photographer - Co-founder and leader of Inka Birds Photo Safari Speaks English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish.

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Douglas Brian Trent

Lovely White-sided Hillstar photo, and I enjoy your other shots too. I am a Canon wildlife photographer living in Brazil and using my photograpy to document jaguar, giant river otter, neotropical river otter and other rare and endangered species for a baseline population study. We will also net fish for a species survey on the Paraguay River, south of Caceres. My email is [email protected]. Cheers from Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, Douglas Brian Trent.

Lucas Benegas
Lucas Benegas

Que grande Walter, felicitaciones!!! un abrazo. Lucas Benegas

Glenn Bartley

Walter, hearty congratulations on your success in our “Best Photo of the Year 2012 Competition” https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/best-photo-of-the-year-competition-ended-2012/

SUSANA
SUSANA

excelente toma fotográfica, captura impecable!!!!! bellisimo

Terence Hale

Amassing photo, is it real?

Glenn Bartley

Walter, congratulations on your success in our recent “Best Photo of the Week Competition” https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/best-photo-of-the-week-ended-15-dec-2012/

Paul Marto

Beautiful capture, one of my favorite subjects to photograph.

Joan McMurray

Our Puerto Rican humming birds (zumbadores) are not as colorful as the Chilean picaflor; but they are prolific, very active and love feeding on the blooming papaya trees in my garden. I have taken a few pics, but nothing as spectacular as Mr. Balliero’s Picaflor Cordillerano. What flower–artificial or real–did he use to attract the bird?

Joan McMurray

Our Puerto Rican humming birds (zumbadores) are not as colorful as the Chilean picaflor; but they are prolific, very active and love feeding on the blooming papaya trees in my garden. I have taken a few pics, but nothing as spectacular as Mr/ Baliero’s Picaflor Cordillerano. What flower–artificial or real–did you use to attract the bird?

Glenn Bartley

Walter, a big welcome to our blog – I’m a big fan of your photography and am so pleased that you agreed to join us.

Noushka Wildlife

Congratulations for the rarity of the bird and the quality of this photo!
The wait was well worth the while!
A jewel I would be soooo happy to photograph myself!