This evening, as I reviewed some plant and hummingbird photos I took in the yard, this photo photo didn’t look right. It looks like the hummingbird has a very long beak. We see hummingbirds all the time. Their beaks are long, but not that long!
Other photos of the same bird look normal — the hummingbird has a long, black beak.
A search of ‘hummingbird tongue’ produced a 2011 news story about a Harvard researcher studying hummingbird and dog tongues. Hummingbird tongues are that long! It looks like the tongue is twice the length of the beak.
For the photographers, the photos were taken at 400mm and f5.6, then cropped for wordpress. Hummingbirds are tiny.