A Big Year - The Best of 2021

Challenge #41 in the A Big Year series. Hosted by OSP2017.
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As 2021 draws to a close, let's see the absolute best bird photos that you took this year! This challenge is only open to photos that placed in the top 10 of any "Big Year" challenge in 2021. Please provide a link to the top-10 result in the notes when submitting your photo.
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Humming Bird and the Ant-853615
by vbuhay
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Shot this bird at the San Joaquin wildlife preserve in Irvine, California. I did not see the ant until post processing the image, Large Crop. Here is the link:https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4443792608/photos/4175270/humming-bird-and-the-ant-853615?inalbum=6th-place-winners
Submitted: Wednesday, 29th December, 2021 12:21 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 8th May, 2021
Focal length: 500 mm
Shutter speed: 1/3200 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 500
Notes: Hand held, Manual Exposure, AFC D9, shot in Raw, processed and exported to jpeg in Lightroom Classic 11.1
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