Rare Albino Hummingbird Photographed by Amateur

12/19/2011

A fifteen year old amateur photographer named Marlin Shank recently captured some images of an exceedingly rare creature: an albino hummingbird. 

Photography is a great way for people of all ages to connect with nature.  Marlin Shank's photos of the albino hummingbird have been making the rounds on various online birding groups and Marlin's dad Kevin wrote a great nature photography lesson for Nature Friend magazine, which published the photos.

Albinism is a genetic condition that results in a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair, scales or feathers of an animal.  Typically an albino creature has blood-red eyes, which adds to its odd, otherwordly appearance. 

It's a relatively rare condition, and photographing such an quick-moving example of it as this albino hummingbird is a rare feat indeed.  Great job Marlin!

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Photos by Marlin Shank/Nature Friend magazine.


David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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