Saturday, January 30, 2010

Panama jungle birds!

Here's a quick post from the small town of Gamboa in the Soberania National Park area of central Panama. I've been having a great time photographing tropical birds including a mix of common and difficult to shoot species. My body is still adjusting to the persecuting heat and humidity - especially on the long daily walks in the jungle carring 40lbs of camera gear. The "Balboa" beers at lunch are well-earned and an aspirin after dinner helps to dull the pain in my back and shoulders!

I'm being hosted/guided by Advantage Tours Panama  and my guide Rey is finding lots of cool things to point my lens at. Check back for more photos soon... I have tons to share!

Photo 1 (below): Common Potoo, Metropolitan Park, Panama City
EOS 1Ds mark III; 500mm f/4 IS lens; 580 EX II flash (fill at - 1 2/3); Exposure: ISO 500; 1/80s @ f/7.1
A huge thanks to guide Roberto for leading us to this incredible and well-camouflaged bird! 

Photo 2 (below): Red-rumped Cacique in Metropolitan Park, Panama City

EOS 1Ds mark III; 500mm f/4 IS lens with 1.4x TC; 580EX II fill flash at -1 2/3; Exposure: ISO 640; 1/160s @ f/5.6
















Photo 3 (below): Spectacled Owl, Gamboa, Panama
EOS 1Ds mark III; 500mm f/4 IS lens & 1.4x TC; 580EX II fill flash at -1 2/3; Exposure: ISO 640; 1/40s @ f/5.6

10 comments:

  1. Keep 'em coming!

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  2. Stephen Coyle8:46 PM

    Man, that owl's eyes are outstanding!

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  3. Nice Ethan!

    Meanwhile back in Canada (where we're taking photos): http://markcoffey.ca/blog/2010/02/01/winter-flow/

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  4. Anonymous11:21 PM

    The Potoo and the owl are amazing!

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  5. Ethan! Great stuff! And I even bet the waether is warm, but how's the beer?

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  6. Thanks for all of the comments!

    Mark - great, artistic shot of the ice/water flow!

    Robert, the beer of choice here is "Balboa". I've had about 10 of them, just to confirm quality control is consistent!

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  7. WOW! These are awesome!

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  9. That last bird looks very interesting!

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