Crimson Sunbird at the Twin Lakes

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Here’s the Crimson Sunbird that I was fortunate enough to photograph with the yellow rump that is seldom caught by camera. That rump gave its other name, “Yellow-backed sunbird.” In this photo, the red, black, blue and yellow colored-feathers showed up, but the indigo that is usually manifested in the forehead and chin-throat areas didn’t show up as the sun/light wasn’t able to shine on them. Well, sometimes we can’t have them all.

In the Philippines, the Crimson Sunbird can only be found in the islands of Negros, Bohol and Cebu. Outside of the country, the bird can also be found in tropical southern Asia from India to Indonesia.

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CRIMSON SUNBIRD at Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, December 2012… 1/500, f/6.3, iso400, Evaluative Metering, Aperture Priority Mode EV-1/3… Canon EOS 7D + EF 400mm f/5.6 prime + Benro GH-1 Gimbal Head and Tripod.

Thanks to Jac Señagan who accompanied me there and who drove Dr. Ely “Manong Popoy” Alcala’s pick-up truck that I borrowed to clim mountain where the crater turned two lakes is situated… and to Rico Mier who gave us a boat ride round the serene Balinsasayao lake.

Othes photos of Philippine wild birds by the author and by members of Wild BIrd Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP) can also be seen at http://www.alainpascua.com, https://www.facebook.com/philippinebirds and at https://www.facebook.com/wbb.org.

Alain Pascua

Alain Pascua

Alain Pascua began in 2009 his crusade as a wild bird photographer using photos of wild birds in their natural habitats as tools for education and conservation. He is one of the founding-administrators of the "Wild Birds of the Philippine" Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/philippinebirds) where he and fellow bird photographers share their photos and galleries of Philippine wild birds to the internet world. He co-founded the Philippine Bird Photography Workshops and Tours (https://www.facebook.com/wildbirdphotog.ph) in 2011, and the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP - https://www.facebook.com/groups/wbpp.admin/) in 2012. Alain Pascua’s photos of wild birds have graced the 2010 year-end advocacy ads and 2011 calendar materials of TeaM Energy, the 2011 calendar of Philippine Eagle Foundation and its 2011 advocacy posters and ads at Mindanews' Our Mindanao Magazine, the 2012 Peatlands in Southeast Asia advocacy poster of Global Environment Centre, and the newly published book Owls of the World A Photographic Guide by Heimo Mikkola. Alain Pascua won second place in the 1st Bird as Art International Bird Photography Competition organized by Art Morris in the Captive Birds Category. His galleries may be viewed online at the following sites: http://www.alainpascua.smugmug.com http://www.facebook.com/alainpascuaphotography http://www.facebook.com/philippinebirds

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Alain Pascua

Alain Pascua

Alain Pascua is one of the founding-administrators of the "Wild Birds of the Philippine" Page, the only multi-photographer gallery of Philippine birds in Facebook. He also co-founded the Philippine BIrd Photography Workshops and Tours, a professional outfit, in 2011, and the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP) in 2012. Alain Pascua’s photos of wild birds have graced numerous publications, the latest are featured in the newly published book Owls of the World A Photographic Guide by Heimo Mikkola. He won second place in the 1st Bird as Art International Bird Photography Competition organized by Art Morris in the Captive Birds Category.

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Glenn Bartley

Alain, what a beauty – congratulations on this great capture!