Costa Rica Update

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My second tour complete, so naturally, lots of editing waiting on the hard drives. Both of the 2013 tours were very successful, wonderful guests, amazing nature to see and photograph. This most recent trip was exceptional as we were able to stand in a farmers field and watch Quetzals with their nest. A tree line that follows a valley through the mountains has a beautiful pair of Resplendent Quetzals on eggs. We stood by watching patiently for the adults to maneuver in and out of the nest.

The birds were very accommodating, as the farmers below were always busy in the fields below, so constant human presence was evident. Witnessing this spectacle proved to be a really interesting and fantastic opportunity. Working with my guests was a gratifying experience also, as they were new to bird photography, and the questions, and interactions kept me very busy.

Working with natural light for all of our imaging is always challenging, and rewarding. I spend a lot of time helping people understand the beauty of light, and how to work with nature, backgrounds, and camera settings to capture what we see in a beautiful, and artistic manner. The birds are not disturbed by our presence, as they carry on with their business. It takes a lot of thought, and energy, shooting at very low shutter speed to make this work.

I recently upgraded to a D800 camera body, in connection to my faithful 200-400 lens, I have found this combination of equipment to work extremely well, with some amazing results. Such details! 36 mega pixels – 30-32 megabyte files, and superb colour rendition!

Recently finishing another tour to Africa, I hope to bring some interesting images and stories to you from that tour which took place in Tanzania, this past January 2013.

Kind regards.

Yellow Eyed Tree Frog

Violet Sabrewing

Stripe Tailed Hummingbird


Resplendent Quetzal

Green Crowned Brilliant

Green Honey Creeper

Crimson-collared Tanager

Mountain Gem

Red-legged Honey Creeper

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Raymond Barlow

thanks Susan!

Susan Lee

What fine bird portraits! Thank you for this article 🙂