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Open-mouthed Purple Gallinule

Image # 1D2_04987

Tortuguero Park River/Canals


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/1000 second

Manual Exposure

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


The colors on this bird have always captivated me. Usually they're wandering around in the vegetation and underbrush at the waters edge, creating difficulty in photographing them. We came across this one perched on the top of a bush in the water, at about eye-level, giving a different setting, and a distant, soft background. I have mixed feelings about not having its lower body and legs in the frame; I had a little too much lens as the boat got closer and closer, and the rocking of the boat makes composition challenging! (A leaf behind its back was cloned out.)