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Caught in Midair

Po Ling Pauline Chan, Knox College

Organization of Tropical Studies Costa Rica, Fall 2008

This hummingbird, a white bellied mountain-gem (Lampornis hemileucus), is usually very hard to catch in a mist net. This is because hummingbirds have the ability to fly backwards and quickly, and this, combined with their intellignece, means they are often able to avoid scientists' mist nets. It was rare and exciting that we caught this hummingbird.

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Photo by Po Ling Pauline Chan, Knox College