Daily Archives: January 31, 2022

Emerald Tanager

Emerald Tanager: La Selva Biological Station, OTS, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica — Somewhere in the Americas, there is a Tanager of almost any color, and almost any shade of any color, you can imagine. Only 4 reach North America, but through Central and South American they range from green to blue to orange to yellow to red and green…and most combinations of those colors. By that standard the Emerald Tanager is pretty plain…just a bright emerald green with jet black accents. In Costa Rica the Emerald Tanager is not as common as some of its cousins. It’s range is restricted to a thin slice at the inner edge of the Caribbean lowlands and foothills…and it does not exist in large numbers…so we were delighted to catch this one with a mixed feeding flock on the grounds of the La Selva Biological Station. It was not easy to photograph as it flitted actively through bushes, staying well inside, and it was only there for a moment before it flew off out of sight. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent (cropped to something more like 1500mms). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 800 @ f4 @ 1/500th.