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Ecuador Bird Photography

Last post I talked about birds eating.  Late morning my senses started kicking in, and I was ready for lunch. Our guide told me to watch the Velvet-purple Coronet that just came into the adjacent trees.  He said that after he lands, his wings go out for a second.  Ok, I’ve got this!  He lands on a branch right in front of me.  I missed.  I changed to manual focus, focusing on his favorite spot on the branch.  That works – nice wings, no head.  Then nice head, no wing action.  Then nice branch, no bird.  Out of the corner of my eye, I see the picnic table behind me – wow, what a spread!  Is that a platter of avocado slices?  My tummy rumbles.  Guide says “incoming”.  “And why don’t you just put it on continuous?” This is a game between us.

Velvet-purple Coronet sitting on the branch.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Finally the next shot is a winner and not on continuous. But then I get another one as he takes off, motion in the wings. This one is my favorite. Bob and I both got several good “on the branch shots”. Lunch was incredible.

Velvet-purple Coronet taking off.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

When is it a good idea to pick your shot or use continuous? I do occasionally use continuous when I think it’s beneficial, but I mostly use single shot because I like to study my subject and try to capture the moment. I enjoy watching as much as shooting. I really liked “the look” in the second toucan photo.

Plate-billed Mountain Toucan
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Plate-billed Mountain Toucan
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

We will help you learn when to use continuous and one-shot bird photography on our next Ecuador Birds Adventure.

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