Monday, January 16, 2012
|Albino Hummingbird- Marlin Shank|
"They read a post on a birder mailing list indicating that an albino hummingbird was regularly visiting feeders in the backyard of a home about thirty miles away from their area. Kevin and his sons made the drive out, set up their cameras and waited for the opportunity."Albinism is a rare visual treat for us in any animal. It likely increases the risk to the creature, whether by losing protective coloration from predators or loss of visual acuity by absence of filtering iris pigments. Also coloration is an important factor in attracting a mate, so they are probably less likely to pass this gene on.
What resulted was a beautiful set of pictures of an albino hummingbird which either was aware of its beauty or simply hungry. Which ever, it is a chance to lean back and enjoy this beautiful anomaly of nature. The whole picture set is at this web site.