Bare-throated Tiger Heron

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The Bare-throated Tiger Heron is relatively common around the waters of the Cuero y Salado National Wildlife Refuge in Honduras. I have been there twice, a year apart, and seen it on both trips. This year we saw several. This was my best view this year, but it was a very difficult shot. I was in a moving boat, in the first place, and the bird was highlighted by the sun against the dark background of foliage. This is when I am thankful to be a Point and Shoot photographer. The Active Image Stabilization on the Nikon P900 handled the boat motion (once I got the bird in the frame) and the auto exposure managed to keep enough detail in the highlighted bird so that I could bring it out in Lightroom for what is, overall, a very satisfying image. It is a strange bird, with the large patch of yellow skin exposed at the throat.

Nikon P900 at 400mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 220 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom.

Black-cowled Oriole

Black-cowled Oriole, the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

Another gift of the flowering and fruiting trees off the deck at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras: this Black -cowled Oriole put in an appearance just after breakfast one morning. Again, this is a bird of slightly higher elevations, forced down by unseasonably cool temperatures in the lower cloud forest almost straight above the lodge. We only saw it once…but once was enough!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Rufous-winged Tanager

Rufous-winged Tanager, The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

On our first morning at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras, after ordering breakfast at the restaurant, someone spotted a mixed feeding flock moving through the trees just off the deck. We, of course, all leaped up and ran for binos and cameras. Olive-backed Euphonias were in the lead, but the flock also contained a Shinny Honeycreeper and a Rufous-winged Tanager, both birds of higher elevations and not common on the grounds of Pico Bonito, as well as Black-cowled Oriole. What a treat! We were still busy with them when the waiter came looking for us to tell us our breakfasts were on the table. :) Now that is service! and that is what makes the Lodge at such a great birding and photography destination. It is not like that every morning, of course, but it is like that often enough to make it simply wonderful!

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Year of the Monkey

Howler Monkey, Cuero y Salado NWR, Honduras

I gather from various posts on the internet that it is the Chinese Year of the Monkey. Last year when we visited Honduras we saw no monkeys at all. This year we saw two troops of Howlers and two troops of White-faced Capuchins. The Howlers were in the forest beside the Cuero y Salado rivers on our visit to the Wildlife Refuge there, as was one of the troops of Capuchins. The other troop of Capuchins was high on one of the trails above Rio Santiago. This shot is from the moving boat on the rivers. I had only a second to grab it as the Howler was working in and out of the vegetation. Not a zoo shot at all. In the wild you take the chances you get. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Collared Aracari in the rain…

Collared Aracari, The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

Collared Aracari, The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

When you live in the rain-forest, you can count on more than your average number of rainy days. Stands to reason. This Collared Aracari is at home in the rain-forest, and presumably in the rain. That did not stop it from having a definite rain-due on this, our last day in Honduras at the Lodge at Pico Bonito. This shot was taken from under the edge of the eves right on the deck in front of the restaurant.

Nikon P610 at 1440mm equivalent. 1/60th @ ISO 500 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.

Green Honeycreeper in the rain…

Green Honeycreeper, the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

Green Honeycreeper, the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus

Every picture of a Green Honeycreeper I have was taken in the rain. This is no different, though this is at the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras, and all my others are from Tranquilo Bay in Bocas del Toro in Panama. Still…in the rain.

I think it is very generous of the good God to provide rain loving birds for those days when it…well, when it rains. It only requires a generous eye to see it that way, and, honestly, a Green Honeycreeper makes it easy to be generous. Such a beautiful bird.

Nikon P610 at 1440mm equivalent. Processed in Lightroom.

Happy Sunday!

White-fronted Parrot

White-fronted Parrot, Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve, Honduras

White-fronted Parrot, Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve, Honduras

Last year, we saw very few Parrots on the trip to the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras and none photo-worthy. This year, we had several groups perched within range of the long lens on the Nikon P900. This is a White-fronted Parrot on the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird Reserve from yesterday morning.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 250 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Honduran Emerald Hummingbird

Honduran Emerald Hummingbird, Honduran Emerald Reserve, Hondruas

Honduran Emerald Hummingbird, Honduran Emerald Reserve, Hondruas

The Honduran Emerald is the only endemic species Honduras has. We traveled 7 hours by bus today to see them. It was not a great day for hummingbird color, but I got close shots.

Nikon P900 at 3595mm equivalent. 1/400th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

White-necked Jacobin

White-necked Jacobin, Rio Santiago, Honduras

White-necked Jacobin, Rio Santiago, Honduras

We spent the day at Rio Santiago. The best bird of the day was the Specticaled Owl, but Rio Santiago is famous for its hummingbirds. This is a White-necked Jacobin.

Nikon P610 at 700mm equivalent field of view. Shutter preferred. 1/320th @ ISO 900 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom.

Keel-billed Toucan!

Keel-billed Toucan, the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

Keel-billed Toucan, the Lodge at Pico Bonito, Honduras

This is my 3rd trip to the tropics and my first really close shot of a Toucan. We spent the day at Lancetilla Botanical Gardens, and found many interesting birds and bugs, but this is from the walk from the Lodge to my cabin after we got back. :)

Nikon P610 at 800mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 320 @ f5.6. Processed in Lightroom.