These throat feathers (which are kind of like scales) are highly reflective from certain angles.

And this iridescence is apparently built into the structure of the feathers.

I think he had caught sight of himself in my lens and was making a 'threat display'.



7 comments so far...

MickPt March 28, 2015, 06:10 PM
Wow... nice reflection.
mramshaw March 28, 2015, 06:34 PM
Thanks Mick, this is the best of the set, also my reason for posting.

Sadly most people seem to stop at the first picture in this set!

mramshaw March 06, 2016, 03:46 AM
Thanks for the fav Martina!
marco_vdw August 05, 2016, 03:50 PM
That's the problem with photo sets...
The pink scales are very eye-catching. Still, I do like that first picture...
mramshaw August 05, 2016, 08:03 PM
Thanks Marco, yes photo sets are tricky.

Mostly wanted to show I hadn't spooked him!

This is the best but they are in chronological order.

Fizgig plus June 18, 2017, 12:23 PM
A great series with this little beauty =) The throat feathers are so beautiful in this shot!
mramshaw June 18, 2017, 07:36 PM
Thanks @Fizgig.
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