Lesser Violetear and White-throated Mountain Gem hummingbirds: Batsu Gardens, San Geraldo de Dota, Costa Rica, December 2022 — Another shot from the flower set up at Batsu Gardens last December. I have lots! This is a Lesser Violetear and a male White-throated Mountain Gem. There were way more Violetears than Mountain Gems. Sony Rx10iv at 493mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 2000 @ f4 @ 1/500th.
Eastern Towhee: Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA, May 2023 — Again I took advantage of some early sun, or so I thought, to get out for some practice with the new Olympus OM-1 and the 100-400mm zoom. By the time I got down to Laudholm Farms, the clouds had rolled in and the light was already less than ideal. So it goes. I have trouble remembering that this is not the Rufous-sided Towhee, which is the name it had when I as first leaning bird names. I think I may have confused more than one young birder by calling it that. It has been the Eastern Towhee for some time now. 🙂 It was keeping company with a couple of Catbirds and some Robins along the upper trail at Laudholm. Olympus OM-1 with the 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my evolving custom birds modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 250 @ f4 @ 1/500th.
White-breasted Waterhen: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, March 2023 — There are several birds at Keoladeo which are adapted for walking on floating vegetation. One of the most common is the Waterhen, which is, at least in the park, relatively fearless. We saw them right next to and even up on the road. In fact, not to spoil a future post, we hand fed one who was enamored of our trail mix. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 561mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 320 @ f4 @ 1/500th.