Ecuador birds

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  1. D Stimac

    D Stimac Moderator Moderator

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    Hey gang, it's been a while. All of this social media stuff seems to be spreading everyone a bit thin. Back in January I spent a month in Ecuador, half of it with clients on a photo tour I led.
    It's an amazing place loaded with birds - over 1600 species (130 hummingbirds) in a country about the size of Colorado. Beautiful lodges, great people and awesome food!

    I'm still editing stuff..... here are a few, all with my Nikon D810. High ISO and slow shutter speeds were the way of life.

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    Inca Jay, Nikon D810 & 600mm f/4 - f/6.3 @ 1/200, ISO 800

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    Booted Racket-tails, Nikon D810 & 300mm f/2.8 + TC14e - f/16 @ 1/125, ISO 640
    multiple flashes at 1/16 power, artificial background

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    Chestnut-breasted Coronet, D810 & 600mm f/4 + Tc14e - f/8 @ 1/50, ISO 1600

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    The view from CabaƱas San Isidro, D810 & 24-85mm f/2.8 - f/18 @ 1/5, ISO 320

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    Velvet-purple Coronet, D810 & 600mm f/4 + 36mm extension - f/5.6 @ 1/400, ISO 1600
     
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  2. tom f

    tom f Senior Refuge Member

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    The Booted Racket-tails are amazing! They look cartoon like. Great now after my Arctic Finland/Norway trip I will have to go to Ecuador!!! My body may handle the Arctic just fine but Ecuador may just kill me! What a cool place! Hope someone from the forum takes the opportunity to book a trip!
     
  3. D Stimac

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    These Masked Flowerpiercers are cheaters. They take nectar from a flower without performing any pollination duties. They just stab into them. They also visit the feeders at some of the lodges.
    D810 & 600mm f/4 - f/5.6 @ 1/60, ISO 1600

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    Long-tailed Sylph! Everyone on the trip lusted over these birds, obviously mad with sylphilis.... :)
    D810 & 600mm f/4 - f/8 @ 1/160, ISO 800

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    Booted Racket-tail
    D810 & 300mm f/2.8 + Tc14e - f/16 @ 1/200, ISO 500, multiple flashes @ 1/16 power, artificial background

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    The beautiful Rio Papallacta, home to the best bird of the trip! D810 & 17-35mm f/2.8 - f/18 @ 1/5, ISO 320

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    TORRENT DUCK!!!! A mythical creature for a long time for me. I had a bit of buck fever when I first encountered this drake.
    D810 & 600mm f/4 + TC14e - f/32 @ 1/15, ISO 500
    I may have overdone it and shouldn't have stopped down that far ( could have lowered the ISO instead) but I wanted to show the crazy conditions these guys live in. They are powerful little birds.
     
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  4. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member

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    You sir, have talent! I usually have a hard time getting a hummingbird in the pic, even when it's perched on the feeder... :(
     
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    stunning work, as usual, well done.
     
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    David...What beautiful work!! I never cease to be amazed. :clap
     
  7. Mike Bons

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    All really nice images but I think the torrent duck is my fav. Perfect shutter speed for that pic. I'm looking forward to our trip to Ecuador (Jan 27-Feb. 5). Out of curiosity what size of backgrounds are you using for the hummingbirds? The ruby-throats around here don't need big backgrounds but I know when dealing with some of the bigger HB's, especially ones like the racket-tails and sylphs I will need much bigger ones.
     
  8. D Stimac

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    Thanks guys! Mike, I used 25" x 17" backgrounds. These can get expensive but I'm lucky to have a friend with a big printer. The sylphs can be a pain but the racket-tails are tiny. With the exception of their tails, they're about half the size of a ruby-throat.
     

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