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Toucans!

Toucans are fun! To watch and photograph them is a real treat.

Toco Toucan, Brazil
© Bob Harvey
Toco Toucan, Argentina
© Bob Harvey
Crimson-rumped Mountain Toucanet, my personal favorite.
Beautiful colors and moves through the forest gracefully.
© Diane Kelsay
Crimson-rumped Mountain Toucanet, Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Pale-mandibled Aracari – the comedian. Ecuador
© Bob Harvey
Pale-mandibiled Aracari – tossing his catch in the air over and over. Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Collared Aracari – beak makes a nice landing platform. Belize
© Bob Harvey
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador
© Bob Harvey
Choco Toucan, Ecuador
© Bob Harvey

We find plenty of toucans to photograph in Central and South America, from Belize to Northern Argentina, our favorite location Ecuador. Join us on one of our adventures and we will introduce you to some toucans.

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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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