Showstopper: Albino ruby-throated hummingbird
This very rare albino ruby-throated hummingbird was spotted in Staunton, Virginia, and photographed by Marlin D. Shank, 16. Marlin, his brothers, and his father took a number of pictures of the bird in August 2011.
Those are the facts. Behind the facts is my incredible excitement about these spectacular photos and the fact that such a bird even exists. Albinos of any species generally don’t last very long in the wild without their normal camouflage. And hummers are only 3-4″ long — almost too small to be thought of as birds at all. Nests the size of golf balls. Eggs the size of Tic Tacs. The ability to hover and even fly backwards. They are one of nature’s most exquisite creations. And now this. Wow.