Dusky Crimsonwing: Bwindi National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — I got better photos (or at least photos in better light) of this bird at Mghinga National Park a few days later, but our guide Gordon worked so hard for these first photos that I have to post them. 🙂 This is another Albertine Rift endemic, with a very limited range on the western slopes of the volcanos of East Africa. This Crimsonwing is a skulker par excellence, and we got glimpses of it all around the parking area at the Gorilla Trek trailhead in Bwindi, but it was too quick for me to get a photo. Gordon did not give up though, and we eventually caught this bird in the open long enough for a burst. Sony Rx10iv at 595mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 1000 and 1250 @ 4 @ 1/500th.
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird: Danta Corcovado Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, December 2022 — Eventually we left the army ant swarm behind and actually made it up to the observation tower at Danta Corcovado…but we were late getting there and there was not a lot of action (and it was hot!). Due the rainy November, the flowers at the base of the tower were not in full bloom yet, but there were a few Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds working them. (We had Golden-tailed in those flowers in 2021.) I chased the Rufous around the tower a few times and got a few shots. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 250 @ f4 @ 1/500th.