Fiery-billed Aracari: Las Cruces Biological Research Station, San Vito, Costa Rica, December 2022 — Though we see Fiery-billed Aracari on the Osa Peninsula, I alway enjoy them at the feeders on the deck behind the dinning hall at Las Cruces. Up close and personal. And such intense birds! They, like most of the Toucan family, are terrible bullies and nest predators, but you have to admire their plumage and that massive bright bill. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 486 and 587mm equivalents. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/500th and 1/640th.
Baglafecht Weaver, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Black-faced Apalis: Kisaro-Kabale Road, Uganda, August 2022 — When we left Mgahinga National Park for. the drive to Lake Bunyonyi and the Bird’s Nest lodge we stopped at the edge of the highlands for a mixed feeding flock working the road edge. This is three birds for the price of one! The Baglafecht Weaver (yellow bird) is common throughout East Africa at certain elevations. It is highly variable and used, in fact, to be 4 separate species, now lumped into one. It still has 5 named races. The White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher (grey bird) is the Albertine variety, without the bold white eye ring common further east, and the Black-faced Apalis is an actual Albertine Rift endemic, which we also encountered in Bwindi. So, not only three birds for the price of one, but three geographically special birds. Sony Rx10iv at 567mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 500 @ f4 @ 1/500th.