Green-headed Sunbird: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — Our final treat on the unintentional hike from the Gorilla Trek trailhead back to our lodge, was this male Green-headed Sunbird. I complained earlier, when posting the shots of the females that we saw around the parking area, that we could not find any males…but there was one in the same tangle of brush were we saw the Regal Sunbird, deep down next to the stream near the trail. Again in difficult light, but that only made the brilliant green stand out more. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 800 @ f4 @ 1/500th.
Scarlet Macaw: Playa Blanca, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, December 2022 — I told the story of these Macaws when I posted a first pic the day after seeing them in early December, but we will revisit Playa Blanca today to remember then again. We went two afternoons in a row to look for the colony of Macaws that feeds in the late afternoon in the Beach Almond trees right along the bay a few miles from Danta Corcovado Lodge in the little beach town of Playa Blanca. The first day we got rained out, but persistence paid off the next afternoon. I was able to direct our guide, Mario, to exactly the spot were we saw them in 2021, and, though they were not there to greet us when we got out of the bus, they came 20 minutes later while we were still looking…right to the same trees along a property line across the road from the beach were we had seen them a year ago. Scarlet Macaws are big, beautiful birds, but I am not sure I would want them for neighbors. They are noisy and messy, and could easily become a nuisance if you had to live with them coming through your yard daily. The Playa Blanca flock is at least 25 birds, so lots of Macaws when they come. We stood under the trees and took photos for 30 minutes before me had enough of Macaws for the afternoon and moved on…getting back to the lodge for some down-time before dinner. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 200 @ f4 @ 1/500th.