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Long-tailed Potoo

Image # 1D2_05319

Pantanal, Brazil


Canon 600L/f4 IS

ISO 400, f/4, 1/400 second

Manual Exposure

Gitzo 1325/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick

I had only seen a Potoo once before, in Costa Rica, but it was fairly high up, and difficult to really make out that it was a bird. The camouflage of this species is really impressive. It took a number of us quite a while to spot it, even when they were looking right at it. They look so much like a broken part of a branch! I had to circle around this individual a full 360 degrees until I was able to get a background reasonably free of bright white sky.