Photographer Captures Natural Phenomenon That Transforms Hummingbird’s Wings into Rainbows

Australian photographer Christian Spencer spent 19 years living in Itatiaia National Park in Brazil, and one of the things he focused his camera on was the beautiful view of sunlight streaming through the wings of the hummingbirds. His project is called Winged Prism.

Christian Spencer was standing on his verandah in Rio de Janeiro when he made an amazing discovery. When the black Jacobin hummingbird flew with the sun striking its open wings, a beautiful prism effect appeared.

Although Winged Prism seems too magical to be true, Spencer says that there wasn’t any digital manipulation involved. “There is no special technique,” he explains, “just diffraction of light through the wings of this special hummingbird.”