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Red-legged Honeycreeper - Adult

Image # 1D2_02340

Grounds of the Arenal Observatory Lodge


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1000 second

Aperture Priority at -1/3

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


This spectacular little bird was definitely one of my favorites from this trip, and I took quite a few frames. The intensity of the colors of both feathers and legs was something to behold. The sun was quickly appearing/disappearing behind clouds, and the rapidly changing light made it difficult to get consistent exposures. So for a while I just put it into Aperture Priority, with some minus EV to maintain detail in the highlights, rather than trying to shoot in Manual Mode as I normally do.