Mixed feeding flock…

Pic for today: Mixed feeding flock: Las Tardes Community Ecology Project, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, December 2022 — White-throated Shrike-Tanager, Rufous Mourner, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, White-winged Tanager, Twany-winged Woodcreeper. As I mentioned yesterday, we had already turned back from our exploration of the road into Corcovado National Park above the Las Tardes station when we encountered this mixed feeding flock of hard to see and hard to photograph birds moving through the undergrowth at just about eye-level. (In fact, if I had not stopped to tie my shoe, we would have missed it.) Yesterday’s Black-striped Woodcreeper was with these birds…along with a few others that I did not manage even a bad shot of. That is the way it happens in tropical birding. We had seen very little until this point in our hike, and then, for a few moments there were so many birds we did not know where to look. And of course, they were all buried in undergrowth so the photographers among us were very frustrated. Just how it goes in the tropics. Sony Rx10iv at around 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications and multi-frame noise reduction. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. (Disclaimer: Facebook may rearrange these photos randomly, so I will add the names to the individual photos as captions.)

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