2016—Primary Colors

Red-legged honey creepers are tiny birds with feathers featuring primary colors, especially when photographed with flash to emphasize those colors.  The males have bright red legs, bright blue feathers with black accents, and bright yellow feathers under their wings.   The females have reddish legs and are green, which is a secondary color comprised of primaries blue and yellow.  Our guide, Gary, knew the honeycreepers would be attracted to water so he sprayed water on the bromeliads growing on the trees on the grounds of the lodge and, sure enough, the honey creepers welcomed the opportunity to jump into the little ponds created where the stiff leaves connected to the bases of the plants.

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